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Last week, Watertown Municipal Utilities and its power suppliers saw an unprecedented perfect storm of events that affected the reliability of the power grid throughout the central United States. Despite the perfect storm, Municipal Utilities officials say they do not expect to raise rates to their electric customers due to the historic cold weather that caused significant increases in energy demand on the U.S. power grid last week.   

A customer outside of Dallas was charged $16,752 for his electric bill. That is 70 times what he usually pays for his utilities. Watertown Municipal Utilities General Manager Steve Lehner says you must first understand how the markets in Texas work compared to our markets in South Dakota.....  

The utility markets in South Dakota are not deregulated.....

Watertown Municipal Utilities gets their power from two providers,  WAPA and Missouri River Energy Services (MRES)...... 

Many resources throughout the United States failed to perform during the extreme cold weather last week.  Despite that, the resources serving Watertown were reliable, flexible and performed as anticipated......

Lehner says the residents of Watertown should not anticipate large increases in their utility bill..... 

Watertown Municipal Utilities provides electric, water and natural gas services to over 10,000 residential and 2,000 commercial customers.