Auburn selects Heartland as power supplier

The city of Auburn, Iowa will have a new power supplier beginning in 2015. The city recently signed an agreement with Heartland to supply power and electricity beginning January 10.

“Following a long and comprehensive search for an affordable, yet reliable power supplier, we are pleased to be teaming up with Heartland,” said Auburn Mayor Verdi Maunu. “It was a priority of the city council to purchase wholesale power at the lowest and most stable rate possible. We feel we have reached that goal with this new contract.”

Heartland will supply all of Auburn’s wholesale power needs beyond the city’s federal Western Area Power Administration allocation. The contract is for ten years and during that time, Heartland will also act as the scheduling agent for the city’s WAPA allocation.

Auburn logoAuburn is situated within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and is served from the MidAmerican Energy transmission system. Auburn’s previous power supplier was Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative.

“With the addition of Auburn to our customer base, we have further expanded our presence in the state of Iowa,” said Heartland CEO Russell Olson. “We have several other customers situated within the MISO footprint and are well-positioned to meet Auburn’s power supply needs. We are excited to welcome them to the Heartland family.”

Heartland’s board of directors approved execution of a power sales agreement with Auburn in September. That same month, the city of Auburn passed a resolution demonstrating their commitment to choose Heartland as their power supplier. The final contract was signed by both parties in December, 2014.

Dubbed “A Taste of Home,” Auburn is located in Sac County in West Central Iowa and is home to approximately 320 people with a peak demand of 600 kilowatts.