Willmar Municipal Utilities

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Willmar Municipal Utilities provides electric, water, and district heating service to its consumer-owners in Willmar, Minnesota. The electric system has four substations with 190 miles of distribution lines and 35 miles of transmission lines.[1]

Existing Coal Plants

Plant State Year(s) Built Capacity
Willmar Power Plant MN 1949, 1970 22 MW

"The utility's 60-year-old, municipal powerplant received a permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in February 2009 to test burn a new 'recipe' for producing energy: corn cobs and coal. If the pilot project is successful, corn cobs could become part of Willmar's power portfolio—and a new source of income for local farmers. Minnesota's renewable portfolio standard mandates that all state utilities meet at least 25 percent of their energy needs with renewable resources by 2025."[2]

Contact Information

700 Sw Litchfield Ave
Willmar, MN 56201
Telephone: 320-235-4422
Fax: 320-235-3980
Website: http://www.wmu.willmar.mn.us/

Articles and Resources


  1. "WMU Electric" Willmar Municipal Utilities Website, August 2009.
  2. "Cobs plus coal could help Willmar meet renewables goals" Reliable Energy Solutions Bulletin, March 2009.

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