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History of MPUA

MPUA represents community-owned (municipal), locally-regulated electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, and broadband utilities that work together for the benefit of the customers. For many years, the vision of a strong, versatile and multi-faceted collaboration grew in the minds of municipal utility leaders from across Missouri. In October of 1998, the three current member organizations of MPUA voted to combine efforts and resources to better serve their municipal utility memberships by establishing the alliance umbrella known as MPUA.
 
MPUA is a trade name representing the nature of the partnership among three legally distinct member organizations. Each organization maintains its own legal status and Boards of Directors. A Joint Operating Committee, comprised of three Executive Committee members from each of the three organizations, provides guidance and cohesiveness to joint issues. An integrated set of budgets make the broadened array of MPUA services available to all members.

 

Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities (MAMU)

 

Founded in 1926, the MAMU is a state-wide trade organization open for membership to any municipality owning and operating its own utility, including water, electric, natural gas, broadband or wastewater. MAMU’s primary mission is to monitor legislation introduced in the state legislature or the U.S. Congress and Senate, keep its membership informed as to how the various pieces of legislation affect them, to monitor regulations introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and to effectively represent the interests of membership before legislatures and environmental agencies as directed by the Board. In addition, as a trade organization, MAMU provides communication, education, training, mutual aid, and other self-help activities on a cooperative basis. 

 

Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC)

 

Organized in 1979, the MJMEUC is a joint action agency specifically authorized by state law to obtain sufficient and economical electrical power and energy for the benefit of member municipalities and their residents. MJMEUC provides full power purchase requirements to members and arranges purchases for members in need of supplemental power.  In 1989, MJMEUC expanded to allow rural electric cooperatives, as well as out-of-state municipalities, to participate in MJMEUC’s power supply programs and projects through an advisory membership status.

MJMEUC also has several long-term commitments for power purchase contracts and operating costs of jointly owned power generating facilities for the use of two power pools and partial supply needs for several individual municipalities.  Within MJMEUC there are two full requirement power pools, the Missouri Public Energy Pool #1 (MoPEP) and the Mid-Missouri Municipal Public Energy Pool (MMMPEP).  

 

Municipal Gas Commission of Missouri (MGCM)

 

Organized in 1988, MGCM is a joint action agency specifically authorized by state law to provide financing, acquisition, and the operation of natural gas projection, transmission, and distribution facilities and resources for the benefit of member municipalities and their residents.  This organization handles all aspects of buying and transporting natural gas to the municipal members of the Commission, as well as expertise and management of long term gas supplies along with daily or monthly gas nomination services.



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