About Us

The Hibbing Public Utilities owns and operates a cogenerating power plant which provides both steam and electricity for distribution to our service area.  The Utility also furnishes water and natural gas services to the City of Hibbing proper.  We have served the City of Hibbing from our present location since 1919.  In 1895 the City Water and Light Department was formed, and 1995 was our 100th year.

The Hibbing Public Utilities has grown with the City of Hibbing since we first came into operation in 1895.  Our main concern now, as it was then, is to provide steady, reliable, utility service to the people and businesses of Hibbing. 

Laurentian Energy Authority (LEA) produces 35 MW of renewable biomass electric power under a twenty-year contract to Xcel Energy and provides steam heat for 3,600 residential and business customers in the cities of Virginia and Hibbing. LEA has the capacity to produce 20-25 MW of additional electrical energy. A total of $87.6 million was invested to repower the facilities in Virginia and Hibbing to utilize biomass as a fuel and to build a wood yard and wood handling facilities.

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The purpose of the Public Utilities Commission is to develop policy and over see management of the City of Hibbing Public Utility System. The PUC consists of 3 members chosen by the City Council for three year terms. Board Members must be residents of the City of Hibbing.

Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Commission meeting room at the Public Utilities Administration Building, at 1902 6th Avenue East in Hibbing.

All boards and commissions are governed by Chapter 2 Section 15 of the City Ordinances.


Public Utilities Commission Members Term Expires Telephone
David Rian
March 2020

Larry McGuire
March 2019
Pat Garrity
March 2019

John Grahek
March 2018

Tom Dicklich
Council Designates