About AMU Electric
Algona Municipal Utilities offers electric, water, and communications services. In March 1898, Algona voters passed a referendum to establish an electric light franchise. The original light plant was located where city hall now stands. In the early days, the light plant shut down at 10 p.m. AMU opened the power plant on North Hall Street in 1942 with four engines and a total capacity of 2,864 kilowatts. The AMU power plant on North Hall became home to two new Caterpillar engines in 1992. Today, the power plant's capacity is 17,250 kilowatts. The local plant provides necessary energy in the event of an emergency and peak usage.
In June, 1974, Algona Municipal Utilities entered into an agreement for 2.604% ownership in the Neal 4 low sulfur coal fired power plant near Sioux City, Iowa. AMU purchased an additional 0.333 % ownership in Neal 4 in May 1985 to bring our total ownership to 2.937% or 18,910 kW. The Neal 4 Plant provides base load power for Algona.
AMU is a community leader. The money you spend on your AMU services stays in Algona at a local company. Our local employees provide quick and efficient service. Using AMU services has a positive impact on our community.
Algona Municipal Utilities is Community Owned for Community Benefit. That's our commitment to you, our customer and owner.