Pennington County MN Utilities

Find Pennington County, Minnesota utilities. Utilities provide information on public services including electricity (power and light companies), oil and gas (home heating and cooking), waste and sewage companies.

Thief River Falls Utilities Billing Office 405 3rd Street East Thief River Falls MN 56701 218-681-4145

About Pennington County Utilities

Pennington County Utilities are business enterprises that provide essential public services including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services in Pennington County, MN. Because of the infrastructure required to deliver services, a monopoly is often the most economical way for an utility service to operate. Pennington County Public Utility Companies serve all of the customers for a particular service in Pennington County.

You may contact Utilities for questions about:
  • Pennington County Utilities billing and payments
  • Sewer rates and water bills
  • Setting up Utilities
  • Power outages
  • Natural gas hookups
Public & Private Utility Companies

Utilities in Pennington County, Minnesota may be publicly owned enterprises or private companies. In both cases, the primary source of revenue supporting the Utility is user fees paid by customers. In the case of publicly owned Utilities, the assets of the Utility are owned by the Pennington County Government Utilities Department, but it operates as a self-sustaining public enterprise supported by its own revenues rather than relying on taxes to fund operations.

Public Utilities Commissions in Pennington County, Minnesota

In Minnesota, Utilities are regulated by the Pennington County Public Services Commissions or Public Utilities Commission. Public Services Commissions are necessary when monopolies exist or in cases where competition is very limited, to ensure that Pennington County consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. Pennington County Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the Pennington County Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

Pennington County Electric Utilities are the most likely to function as a hybrid of monopoly and competitive services. Only one system for transmitting and delivering electricity to customers is feasible in a given service area such as Pennington County, MN. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their Pennington County electric power company. However, the electricity in the Pennington County electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

Water Utility Services in Pennington County provide potable tap water directly to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers through a distribution system.

Sewer Utilities

Pennington County Sewer Service Companies receive wastewater from customers via sanitary sewers at a wastewater treatment plant. The Sewer Utility treats the wastewater to reduce pollutants before it is released into Pennington County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Pennington County Natural Gas Companies are essentially local distribution companies that deliver natural gas, received from large capacity interstate or intrastate pipelines, to individual customers through small diameter distribution pipelines.