Wyandotte Municipal Services

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Wyandotte Municipal Services
Type Non-Profit, Consumer-Owned
Founded 1889 in Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
Headquarters Wyandotte, Michigan, USA
Key people Melanie L. McCoy
General Manager
Industry Electric industry, Water industry, Telecommunications industry
Products Electric industry, Broadband Internet, VoIP, Water services
Website http://www.wyan.org/
Slogan "A community-owned, consumer-focused organization providing competitive services in an efficient, reliable, economically and environmentally responsible manner"[1]

Wyandotte Municipal Services (WMS) is a nonprofit service provider located in Wyandotte, Michigan providing electric, cable telecommunications, and water to the City. WMS was created by local residents more than 100 years ago.

The City of Wyandotte, Michigan is the only community to own and operate its own power plant, water treatment plant, and cable TV headend.

Existing Coal Plants

Plant State Year(s) Built Capacity
Wyandotte Municipal Power Plant MI 1948, 1958, 1969, 1986 73 MW

The Wyandotte municipal power plant has three boilers and four generators. Types of fuels that are consumed are coal, natural gas, and tire-derived fuel (TDF).[2]

Electric Services

In December 1889, the Wyandotte Electric Light company initially provided street lighting and electric service for the city. After a few years, residents voted to create a municipal electric utility.[3]

Currently, WMS is one of the 41 public power systems in Michigan. It is one of 2,000 public power systems in the United States. The electric system alone generates $22.2 million in revenues, and sold 282 million kilowatt-hours in the year 2001. It is a member of the American Municipal Power-Ohio.[4]

Wyandotte Municipal Electric Distribution System

The electric distribution system is separate from that of the surrounding areas. WMS owns its own lines, which in turn, are connected to the municipal power plant. They consist of 12.5 square miles of 69,000-volt transmission lines and 75.3 square miles of 13,200-volt and 4,800-volt distribution lines.[5]

Articles and Resources


  1. www.wyan.org "Welcome to Wyandotte Municipal Services," Wyandotte Municipal Services Website, August 2009
  2. "Wyandotte Municipal Services - Electric" Wyandotte Municipal Services Website, August 2009.
  3. "Wyandotte Municipal Services - Electric" Wyandotte Municipal Services Website, August 2009.
  4. Green Power Network: News "Wyandotte Offers Green Pricing Program" U.S. Department of Energy Website, August 2009.
  5. "Wyandotte Municipal Services - Electric" Wyandotte Municipal Services Website, August 2009.

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