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Envisioning a joint power agency with a project-based focus, a group of independent-minded municipal electric utilities collaborated in 1987 to form Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (CMMPA). In choosing a project-oriented approach over a more traditional full-requirements model, members wanted to maintain their flexibility and autonomy as either a full or partial requirements member while benefitting from power supply opportunities offered to participants in a larger group.
Since its first project renegotiating a power supply contract with a regional investor-owned utility, CMMPA’s functions have expanded to meet the ongoing complexities of the electric utility industry. To meet these evolving demands, members signed a second joint action agreement in 1998 establishing another agency named Utilities Plus that employed a team of industry specialists to provide management and consulting services for CMMPA.
In 2015, the board of directors engaged in a branding initiative that produced a new name and corresponding logo that better reflected its electric portfolio managment and consulting services offered in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The name Utilities Plus was dropped in favor of Central Municipal Power Agency/Services (CMPAS - pronounced "compass").
Although the name changed, CMPAS continues to serve in a consultative role providing strategic advice, power supply, and transmission-related services to both members and non-member affiliates. At CMPAS, municipal members and affiliates retain decision-making authority as they participate in projects and individualized services of their choosing. The Agency's offerings include power supply planning and procurement; portfolio diversification; project development and administration; MISO market energy scheduling; conservation improvement support; distribution mapping and planning; and other strategic initiatives.
Remaining true to its public power roots, CMPAS brings value that allows municipals to retain local control over important strategic power supply decisions. As a “directional” compass for municipal utilities, the Agency delivers unbiased, independent recommendations that help minimize wholesale power costs, manage risk and maintain stable, competitive rates.
A Minnesota group of independent-minded municipal utilities collaborate to form a joint action agency designated as the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (CMMPA).
CMMPA establishes bylaws and an agreement to negotiate power supply contracts as a project-based joint action agency as specified in Minnesota Statutes 453.53 and 453.54.
CMMPA members jointly renegotiate power supply contract with NSP their local investor owned utility.
|1998||A joint powers entity known as Utilities Plus is formed to provide management support and utility services to CMMPA.|
|2000||CMMPA begins supplying short term supplemental power supply to its municipal members when NSP, their principle investor-owned utility, reduced their full requirements contracts to 55 percent.|
|2003||CMMPA initiates its first comprehensive long term resource planning study to evaluate power supply options.|
|2004||CMMPA signs contract with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) for a 14.6 MW participant share in the new Nebraska City # 2 base load coal plant.|
Utilities Plus becomes CMMPA’s designated MISO Market Participant agent for scheduling its members load in the new MISO centralized energy markets. CMMPA creates custom software to interface with the MSIO market, manage energy scheduling transactions, and reconcile MISO invoices and settlements.
CMMPA enters into a wind generation contract with Wolf LLC for a total of 6.25 MW of renewable energy.
CMMPA joins the CAPX 2020 Vision Team and begins to evaluate the benefits of transmission ownership.
|2007||CMMPA becomes a MISO Transmission Owner (TO) and executes the CAPX Brookings Project Development Agreement for a total investment of $32 million.|
|2009||Nebraska City Station #2 goes into service and CMMPA receives capacity and energy from the plant.|
|2010||CMMPA organizes the 2012 Power Supply Coalition with Nashwauk, Elk River, Willmar and UMMPA to share costs in performing a joint power supply study that evaluates long term base load power supply options starting in 2012.|
CMMPA enters into a wind generation contract with Rugby Wind for 4.5 MW of wind energy.
FERC approves CMMPA’s request for approval of a Declaratory Order granting CMMPA incentives on the CAPX Brookings project including the ability to use a hypothetical capital structure with 50 percent equity.
CMMPA executes final CAPX Brookings Ownership Agreements and financially closes on its first tax exempt bonding for the project.
FERC approves CMMPA’s request to recover pre-commercial costs in a Regulatory Asset account.
CMMPA completes its 2012 Power Supply Coalition study and enters into a contract with WPPI for 16.8 Mw of base load power from Point Beach Nuclear plant. Willmar participated with CMMPA as a non-member for 9.3 MW.
CMMPA enters into a wind generation contract with Rugby Wind for an additional 8.6 Mw of wind energy.
CMMPA organizes the 2020 Power Supply Coalition with Cedar Falls and Upper Midwest Municipal Power Agency (UMMPA) to share costs in performing a joint power supply study to evaluate long term intermediate generation starting in 2020.
FERC approves CMMPA’s request to receive rate recovery on its CAPX Brookings asset on a current year basis using a Forward Looking Test Year forecast methodology.
FERC approves CMMPA’s Prudency Filing on its CAPX Brookings Regulatory Asset costs.
The first phase of CAPX Brookings goes into service and CMMPA begins receiving rate recovery from MISO.
CMMPA establishes partnership with Energy Insight to provide energy conservation support for ten CMMPA municipal members.
The final phase of CAPX Brookings goes into service, and CMMPA begins receiving rate recovery from MISO on the entire project.
CMMPA, also doing business as Utilities Plus, announces a name change to Central Municipal Power Agency/Services (CMPAS - pronounced "compass"). Along with renaming, CMPAS has a logo and website, www.CMPASgroup.org that highlights its electricity portfolio management and consulting services offered in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.