The SPU Commission:

Removing politics
from your water and

short-circuiting politics
in your electricity

short-circuiting politics in your electricity

since 1950.

Watch this three-minute video produced by Shakopee Public Utilities in March 2020.

See why an independent utilities commission is so important for our community.

Thank you Mayor Mars for the fantastic review of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission!

Thank you Mayor Mars for the fantastic review of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission!

Mayor Mars' gives a glowing review of SPUC.
Mayor Mars' gives a glowing review of SPUC.

What’s really going on?

Who benefits if the City takes over the utilities?

Not the citizens as ratepayers.

We believe the end game is for the electric utilities to be sold to a large conglomerate electrical provider. This will lead to increased electrical rates. And it will cost our community jobs. Read more.

But don’t we have water quality problems?

No.

On the contrary, SPU has won awards for water quality. Each year our water is tested, and each year it’s proven to be safe. Some have implied that it is not. Read the test results for yourself. Do you want to help pay for an expensive, unnecessary water treatment plant? Read more.

Why was SPUC founded?

To create a structure that would provide service excellence while protecting ratepayers, a commission separate from the City government was formed. Read the founding core principles and why they are important to everyone who pays for utilities in Shakopee. 

CORE PRINCIPLE #1

To remove the operations of these departments, as far as practical, from political influence, thus increasing efficiency.

CORE PRINCIPLE #2

To operate these departments on a strictly business basis by appointing qualified supervisory employees and holding them strictly accountable to proper and efficient operation.

CORE PRINCIPLE #3

To furnish the best service with the lowest rates consistent with such service.

CORE PRINCIPLE #4

In line with the aim to operate on a strictly business basis, the commission believes that the utilities should, in lieu of taxes, make a contribution to the operation of city government.

Why was SPUC founded?

To create a structure that would provide service excellence while protecting ratepayers, a commission separate from the City government was formed. Read the founding core principles and why they are important to everyone who pays for utilities in Shakopee. 

CORE PRINCIPLE #1

To remove the operations of these departments, as far as practical, from political influence, thus increasing efficiency.

CORE PRINCIPLE #2

To operate these departments on a strictly business basis by appointing qualified supervisory employees and holding them strictly accountable to proper and efficient operation.

CORE PRINCIPLE #3

To furnish the best service with the lowest rates consistent with such service.

CORE PRINCIPLE #4

In line with the aim to operate on a strictly business basis, the commission believes that the utilities should, in lieu of taxes, make a contribution to the operation of city government.

What’s so great about
Shakopee Public Utilities?

Shakopee has one of the highest quality, most reliable, most affordable water and electric utilities in the country as proven by numerous accommodations, certifications and rate comparisons.

 

  • 70 years of quality water and dependable electricity
  • Proven highest quality, most reliable and most affordable public utilities in the country
  • Contributed nearly $40 million to the City of Shakopee in the last 20 years

Electricity

  • Residential electric rates lower than Xcel Energy and Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Electricity uptime is in the top 25% in the country at 99.998% APPA
  • Low-cost renewable energy program for customers
  • 98% of power renewable by 2025
  • Converted city street lights to energy-efficient LED

Water

  • Source Water Leadership Award for Wellhead Protection, Minnesota Governor’s Office, 2013
  • Minnesota Best Drinking Water Award, Minnesota Rural Water Association, 2014
  • Residential water costs competitive or lower than neighboring communities
  • $14 million invested in water expansion, 2008-2019
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