KMEA actively seeks other power marketing arrangements where KMEA can match member cities’ short-term needs. With the joint action approach, KMEA members expect to benefit from a larger market presence and from a broader range of supply options from which the cities can choose.
Following this strategy, KMEA has arranged to package and sell the combined excess capacity from several cities. KMEA also has in place enabling agreements with local utilities to purchase capacity and energy on a spot market basis. KMEA has been using this option to make economic purchases for resale to cities facing high energy costs during the summer.
KMEA focuses on turning open access transmission into opportunities for member cities to more fully use their firm-capacity transmission rights. In particular, KMEA uses existing transmission paths to redirect existing power sources and add new suppliers.