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Reducing power supply costs in Breda, Iowa


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When Breda, Iowa, wanted to control its power supply costs for its 500 electricity customers, the city was not sure where to start.
 
To help discern a path forward, the city needed to know what options might be available to it. Thanks to a community development block grant, Breda had $13,000 for a feasibility study.
 
"We wanted to use the grant to see if we could do anything to control our peak better," said City Clerk Diane Lucas in an article for Public Power magazine. The city purchases power from the Western Area Power Administration and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska.
 
Breda turned to the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities for assistance. The association put the city in touch with one of its consultants, a former utility manager who was familiar with load management, Lucas said. "He reviewed our system and looked at our costs."
 
IAMU Energy Services Engineer Joel Logan worked with the consultant. "We wanted to examine a range of options that would work for a small municipal utility," said Logan.
 
The options the team identified, as well as Breda’s plan forward, are outlined in "Controlling Peak Demand." The article is posted on publicpowermedia.org.
 
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