Oconomowoc Utilities

Oconomowoc Utilities

Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

About: Oconomowoc Electric and Water Utilities are municipally owned and exist as non-profit entities. Service, not profit, is their number one priority. Their goals include providing safe, reliable service at some of the lowest rates in the state, to invest in infrastructure for economic development and to participate in Green initiatives and sustainability programs.

Oconomowoc Utilities provides services to approximately 9300 customers. In order to provide services in an efficient manner they are constantly looking for ways to improve. That includes replacing old systems such as worn out wire, utility poles and water mains, but they also look at how their fleet of Utility vehicles can be improved upon for further savings in fuel and emissions.

Included in the Utility’s fleet of 34 vehicles and equipment are (1) Hybrid bucket truck and two (2) Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. The NEVs are used for staff visiting construction locations and City buildings within close proximity. The Hybrid bucket truck is used for any overhead work the Electric department needs to have done. We have two (2) dedicated Fleet staff members who, in addition to maintaining and repairing vehicles to ensure optimal vehicle performance, attend classes and stay up to date on vehicle improvements. As we retire old vehicles and purchase newer models, our Fleet specialists are able to specify fuel and emission reducing equipment is included on the new fleet vehicles.

Oconomowoc Utilities is pleased to say that involvement in the Wisconsin Smart Fleet program benefits the citizens of Oconomowoc, not only in cost savings but also as an investment in the future of our sustainability ethic.

Best Practices: 

  • Idle Reduction Training
  • Telecommute/Car Sharing

Goals:

  • Implement GPS tracking and use for route optimization

Fleet Overview: 

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