The City of Saint Peter Electric Utility provides electricity to approximately 4400 Saint Peter residences and businesses.

Electric Load ManagementElectric Generation Plant

The City of Saint Peter requires all Electric Utility Customers, with newly installed or replacement central air conditioning, to participate in an "electric load management" program. It is a program to reduce costs to the utility and to you, the customer. By lowering your demand for electric energy at certain times of the day, you can help lower the City’s cost of electricity and reduce your own cost of electricity. If you have a direct wired air conditioner (central air), the program applies to you.

How the Program Works

A load control unit (looks like a gray electric meter) will be installed at the utility’s expense on your house and connected to your air conditioner. When load conditions indicate that peak demand for electricity is approaching, a red light or signal will be sent to the load control unit to turn off your air conditioner for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the air conditioner will be turned on and a yellow light will appear. The unit would operate for 45 minutes; if the electric peak is still high the unit would be turned off for another 15 minutes. This cycle of 15 minutes off and 45 minutes on would continue through the electrical power peak.

This will not be a daily occurrence. Your air conditioner will be controlled only when there is a peak demand for electricity - usually on the hottest days of summer. Interrupting the air conditioner for 15 minutes out of each hour should not result in more than a two degree temperature rise in the house.

Participants in the electric load management program for air conditioning receive a credit of $4 on your electric utility service each month for the months of May, June, July, August, and September.

Sign Up

Please contact the City Finance Department at 507-934-0664 to sign up for the program. All rates and credits are based on the cost of supplying electrical power to the customer and are reviewed and may be adjusted each year.

Thank you for helping reduce costs for yourself and for your utility by participating in this load management program. If you have any questions about the load management program, please call 507-934-0664.


Streetlight and Flower Basket Downtown

The Public Works Department is responsible for the streetlights located throughout the community. If you have an outage to report, contact the Public Works Department at 507-934-0670 with the following information:

  • Exact location of streetlight
    • If it’s located in front of a house - provide the house number
    • If it’s located on a street corner - indicate which side of the corner
  • Whether or not the light is completely out or is blinking intermittently

The repair of these lights are completed on a weekly basis. Streetlights are repaired during daylight hours and the information above is required to assist the crews with repairing the light.

Power Outages

If you have a power outage to report, contact the Public Works Department at 507-934-0670. If your power has been disconnected due to non-payment please call the Finance Department at 507-934-0664.


The City of Saint Peter was among 113 utilities across the country that received the Safety Award of Excellence from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for safe operating practices in 2018. This is the third year in a row we have received the award!

The award recognizes utilities with the lowest 2018 safety-incident rate within their groups, determined by worker-hours of exposure. The incidence rate is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.