Lake Mills Light & Water is typical of most municipal electric utilities in Wisconsin, in that it is an electrical distribution utility that purchases bulk power at wholesale rates, for resale to the residents of Lake Mills.
Communities with a municipal electric utility generally enjoy lower rates and better service due to the utility's local presence, local accountability and non-profit nature.
We maintain an electric distribution system that services approximately 4000 homes, businesses and industries. Lake Mills Light & Water does not purchase its bulk power at a transmission voltage; it purchases power directly at 24,940 volts from a WE Energies distribution feeder.
Our electric utility staff is responsible for maintaining this distribution system, including the substations, transformers and meters used by our customers.
Please remember to trim your shrubs and trees around your electric meter. Your meter reader needs to be able to access your electric and water meters each month, so keep your meters free of branches from trees and shrubs or other plantings.
Meter readings will be much more accurate and timely if the meter reader can reach the meters safely and easily.
Meter Reading & Billing
Gone are the days when a utility employee would walk to each and every meter to ‘read the meter’. Testville Utilities crew members collect usage data from your electric meter with an automatic meter reading (AMR) device. Our data collection devices read your meter from a distance and store that information in a format that is then downloaded into our billing software to help produce your monthly billing statement.
In some cases or during certain times of year when we are not able to get close enough to your meter, our data collection devices are not able to communicate with your meter to deliver consumption data. In that event, we provide you with an estimated billing statement. That estimate is based on your normal usage history for that time of year. Any difference between the amount actually used and the estimated amount billed is corrected automatically when the next regular meter reading is obtained. Ultimately, you pay only for the amount of energy actually used.