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Richmond Power & Light’s line department will soon have a new mini excavator and trailer.

The RP&L board, which is comprised of all members of the Richmond City Council, approved the purchases during its July 1 meeting.

RP&L will buy the mini excavator from Richmond-based New Holland for $70,965, the lowest of three bids received. RP&L CEO Tony Foster expects to receive the machine in four weeks.

Midway Trailer Sales of Dayton, Ohio, was the sole bidder for a trailer to haul the mini excavator, bidding at $16,200.

Foster also received board approval to solicit bids for a self-loading reel trailer for the line department.

For a week during the hottest days in June, the Indiana Municipal Power Agency operated the Whitewater Valley Generating Station on U.S. 27 to generate electricity for IMPA’s system. Foster said there were no problems with the plant’s output.

Foster also spoke to board members about the American Public Power Association. He and four board members attended the APPA’s national conference.

IMPA pays RP&L’s dues to APPA, which provides RP&L with access to APPA programs, training and services. Speakers at the national conference covered the impact of the general election on energy, challenges and opportunities for energy companies in terms of artificial intelligence, and how economic indicators and global events affect energy.

A version of this article appeared in the July 10, 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.