Where Does Our Energy Come From?

Turning on a light. Charging a phone. Firing up the coffee maker. These everyday actions seem effortless, but they rely on an intricate infrastructure and a powerful partnership between local experts at IMU and regional energy leaders from MEAN (Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska). Mean is a non-profit organization that ensures a steady flow of electricity to over 60 communities across four states, including Indianola. They own parts of several power plants where they source power from various generators, and even partner with other utilities, constantly seeking the best mix of affordability and sustainability. But how does this power reach Indianola? Let’s follow the journey, from its source to your socket, and how IMU and MEAN keep Indianola powered up.

The journey is fueled by resources like coal, nuclear, wind, hydro, and even landfill gas from MEAN’s diverse and reliable portfolio. These resources generate electricity, but they need a boost to reach your home. The energy is fed through step-up transformers before entering the vast network of high-voltage lines, carrying power efficiently over long distances. Once MEAN facilitates the delivery to the Indianola area, IMU delivers the final leg of the electricity’s journey to your home.

Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) neighborhood substations lower the voltage to a safer level suitable for local communities. IMU continues stepping down the voltage further through their distribution lines and transformers throughout your neighborhood, converting this high-powered charge into the friendly current that energizes your appliances.

In the upcoming months, we will delve deeper into MEAN’s resources and how the energy from the ground, wind, water, and sun become a part of your everyday moments. Watching TV or making popcorn becomes a simple act of tapping into this system and is a testament to the collaborative efforts of MEAN and IMU, working together to keep Indianola running smoothly and efficiently.

IMU Local Substation on East Iowa


Landfill Gas






WAPA Displacement




Muni Gen Pil/NG


Natural Gas