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Water & Electric

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The Village’s water and electric utilities are operated as a single department, with the Water and Electric Department Director supervising both utilities. Although operationally unified, the Water and Electric Departments are operated as separate financial entities, with distinct enterprise funds within the Village’s financial records and budget.

Unique among many municipalities, Winnetka generates electric power and services all local residents and businesses. Electricity is carried from the Electric Power Plant via underground cables to load distribution centers throughout the Village. From the ends of these underground cables, overhead and underground wires the provide electricity directly to users. Today, Winnetka’s power and energy requirements are ensured pursuant to contracts between the Village and the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA).

Both the Water and Electric plants are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle any service emergencies.

Contact Information:

1390 Willow Road
847-716-3558
Electric Outages (24/7): 847-501-2531

Hours:

Monday – Friday
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA)

Since March 1, 1991, electricity to meet all of Winnetka’s power and energy requirements has been provided pursuant to contracts between the Village the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA). On the Village’s behalf, IMEA acquires power and energy by: generating it at an IMEA-owned plant; purchasing it from other entities; and utilizing the capabilities of the Village’s Electric Plant’s or of other members’ plants.

This blend of resources assures an economical cost of wholesale power. By contract, the output capacity of the Village’s Electric Plant is dedicated to the IMEA. Upon request by the Agency, the Village will generate electricity that is used by the Agency to meet electrical demand or offset the cost of higher priced wholesale power from another source. In return for the Agency’s right to use our plant’s capacity, the Village receives a credit on its wholesale power bill.

Even though the Village buys all its electricity from IMEA, it still owns and operates the electric plant. The capacity of the plant is approximately 31,500 kilowatts and is operated on a regular basis to exercise the equipment and keep the operators proficient. The plant is the third leg of a triad of electricity sources, the others being the distribution and transmission interconnections with ComEd. If necessary, the plant can be brought on line when all other utilities may be unable to serve any load.

IMEA is a non-profit, tax-exempt unit of local government that was created by the municipal electric systems of Illinois as a result of their desire to control their own power supply. The Agency is currently made up of 32 municipalities, each of which owns and operates its own electric utility and purchase wholesale power. Winnetka’s current IMEA contract extends through 2035.

Alternate Energy

Starting in 2012, some Illinois voters saw referendums on local ballots to decide whether to allow municipalities to purchase electricity from a supplier other than ComEd. This approach, known as municipal electric aggregation, allows communities to purchase electricity directly from an alternative electric supplier, at what is suggested will be a lower rate than currently offered by ComEd. Aggregation is not an option for Winnetka residents, since the Village owns and operates its own electric system and purchases wholesale power from IMEA. With the recent media attention on municipal aggregation and electric rates, it is important to note that the Village maintains local control of our electric system operation and rates. In the recent past, the Village benefited from this system, as it resulted in noticeably more reliable electric service to our customers when compared to many of our neighbors.

Staff

Contact Utility Billing
847-446-9550

Brian Keys
Director of Water & Electric
847-716-3556
bkeys@winnetka.org

Giovanni McLean
Assistant Director of Water & Electric
847-716-3270
gmclean@winnetka.org

Mike Mitrovic
Distribution Superintendent
847-716-3551
mmitrovic@winnetka.org

James Olson
Electric Plant Superintendent
847-716-3601
jolson2@winnetka.org

Emily Braun
Administrative Secretary
847-716-3531
ebraun@winnetka.org

Main
847-716-3558

Emergency
847-501-2531

Department Fax
847-716-3599

Utility Billing Fax
847-446-1139

 
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