Entries by KMEA

Merl Page Receives National Award “Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award”

New Orleans, La., June 19, 2018 —Merl Page, city manager for the City of Wamego, Kansas, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and […]

Southern Star Pipeline Explosion

Southern Star had an explosion earlier this morning on their pipeline.  Scott Robertson, Hesston’s Utility Superintendent, said he was 2.5 miles from the explosion and it shook his truck. http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Crews-respond-to-possible-pipeline-fire-near-Hesston–485657431.html Needless to say, KMGA is getting supply cut due to this event.    

Coal and Nuke Bailout?

It appears that the government is preparing a plan to bailout coal and nuclear power plants at risk of closure. I won’t bore you with the details (you can read them by clicking on the link) but it is somewhat scary thinking about what could happen to the wholesale power markets if this happens. The […]

KMGA Continues State-Wide Operator Qualification (OQ) Efforts

KMGA continues with the effort of creating a state-wide Operator Qualification (OQ) program that can be adopted by all 53 municipals across Kansas who own their natural gas distribution system.  Every operator of a natural gas system is required by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to have an OQ program.  The Kansas […]

David Rosenthal to Retire on April 30th

David Rosenthal has been with KMEA for 8 years and is retiring at the end of this month.  David holds the position of Senior System Operator in our 24 hour operations. We want to Congratulate David and wish him a Happy Retirement. We thought we would work him a little and ask him some questions […]

KMEA Election on KCC Jurisdiction

The KMEA Board of Directors will be meeting on May 2 and one of the agenda items will be an election to “opt-out” of Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) jurisdiction. Notice of this election was sent out on April 3. This notice and further information can be accessed with this link: NOTICE! A January 9, 2018 […]

Cooling Tower Roof, City of Goodland

  Here’s a great example of how innovation can make us more efficient. The City has newly installed a retractable roof at the Power Plant cooling tower which allows us to release heat when operational and retain heat when we are not generating. The installation of this new roof will pay for itself in under […]