Thursday, May 20, 2010

WPPI Energy to Hold Open House, HQ Anticipated to be Sun Prairie's First LEED Certified Building (Press Release)

Open House at WPPI Energy's Office and Operations Facility
Anticipated to be Sun Prairie's First LEED Gold Building

SUN PRAIRIE, WIS., May 20 - WPPI Energy and its 51 customer-owned member utilities invite you to view WPPI Energy's sustainably remodeled and expanded office and operations facility today.

WHAT: Open House Celebration
Tour of Green Building Features
Hors d'Oeuvres

WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Open House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Program at 4 p.m.

1425 Corporate Center Drive
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

SPEAKERS: Michael L. Morgan - Secretary, Wis. Dept. of Administration
Judy Ziewacz - Executive Director, Wis. Office of Energy Independence
Roy Thilly - President & CEO, WPPI Energy

WPPI Energy's facility was designed and built to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-level certification. The $7.3M project is anticipated to be Sun Prairie's first LEED "Gold" certified building, demonstrating the commitment of WPPI Energy's members to lead by example in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation.

Media are encouraged to attend. For questions or to arrange an interview, please contact Anne Rodriguez, (608) 834.4569.

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WPPI Energy is a regional power company serving 51 customer-owned electric utilities. Through WPPI Energy, these public power utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. Visit

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Executive Q&A: Alice Hensen, president of the Bank of Sun Prairie (Wisconsin State Journal)

Alice Hensen was looking for a job close to home, a job that would let her spend time with her young son, when she left a clerical position at Madison's Rayovac Corp. in 1966 and started working at the Bank of Sun Prairie.

Forty years later, in 2006, Hensen became president of the bank. She is the only woman heading a bank in Dane County and one of the few ever to do so in the state.

Chartered in 1903, the Bank of Sun Prairie has 66 employees and four offices: three in Sun Prairie and one in Cottage Grove. It ended 2009 with $348.4 million in assets and net income of $1.2 million.

Hensen, 64, is a native of Cottage Grove, graduate of Monona Grove High School, the mother of two and grandmother of three. At the Bank of Sun Prairie, she worked her way up, learning on the job and through industry training courses. Little did she know she would have to guide the bank through some of the most trying times in its more than 100-year history.

Click here to read the full interview at

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sun Prairie Utilities Celebrates 100 Years of Electric and Water Services (Press Release)

100 Years...and Counting!

This year, 2010, Sun Prairie Utilities celebrates the 100th year of providing electric and water services to the residents of Sun Prairie. Through the balance of this year, SPU will be posting items of nostalgia or historical note about the utility, and announcements of celebration and special events as they are planned to share this milestone with our customers.

Sun Prairie Utilities is proud of the service record of our first one hundred years, and look forward to the challenges and expectations of working into our second centennial. We are a public power provider with a mission to provide low-cost electric and water service while maintaining a high standard of service with public and employee safety a priority.