Programs for School & Civic Groups

Meter Lab

The meter lab teaches students and consumers how to read their electric meter and how to compute the cost of operating various electrical devices.  The Meter Lab features a working electric meter mounted on a wooden base.  A power strip allows multiple appliances to be plugged in at once.  The Meter Lab comes with complete lesson plans.

New Glarus Utilities also has up to four (4) Watt's Up meters available for check-out.  Watt's up meters are portable devices that allow students/residents to measure how much electricity different appliances in their home/business use.

Pedal Power

Pedal Power is a bicycle-powered generator that teaches basic scientific concepts related to the conversion or transfer of energy from one form to another.  Demonstrated clearly is how energy is used for lighting, heating, and transportation.  The Energy Cycle also shows how new efficient lighting and appliances use less energy than older equipment.

This portable display breaks down into four pieces that can be carried by one person in two walking trips.


The 8-foot PowerTOWN educational model is a great way to demonstrate electricity.  The crackle of a high voltage electrical arc reinforces electrical safety messages that an audience will not soon forget.  This realistic tool can be used to demonstrate the effects of:

  • Contacting overhead lines by an antenna
  • Contacting overhead lines by a kite
  • Contacting overhead lines by a metal pipe
  • Contacting overhead lines by a tree
  • Contacting a pad-mount transformer
  • Energizing a vehicle by a downed overhead line
  • Energizing a metal fence by a downed overhead line
  • Exploding a pole mount transformer
  • Contacting substation transformers
  • Contacting overhead line with a sailboat mast
  • Contacting underground power cable with a backhoe

For more information or to schedule programs, contact the utility office at (608) 527-2913 or


New Glarus was established as a Swiss Colony in 1845 and incorporated as a Village in 1901. The Village has retained its Swiss charm with Alpine-style architecture, ethnic festivals and Swiss delicacies. The Village is located in beautiful Green County in south central Wisconsin. We are just 28 miles south of Madison and 17 miles north of Monroe on State Highway 69.


  319 2nd Street
    PO Box 399
    New Glarus, WI 53574

(608) 527-2510

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed