Under contracts with Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), in 2015, 47 project participants were entitled to firm hydroelectric capacity totaling 34 MW in the summer and 29 MW in the winter, with associated energy of 103,111 MWh annually.
The “B” cities’ individual entitlements were temporarily reassigned to 18 “Class A Cities” that were able to arrange for economical transmission across intervening utility systems; in October 1989, they began receiving hydroelectric power.
WAPA energy is being scheduled to enable the cities to avoid demand charges and to replace high-cost, peak-hour energy. KMEA schedules power and handles the billing and accounting for the cities, and serves as the cities’ liaison with WAPA.
In 1997, the WAPA power supply was extended 20 years, until 2024. Currently, KMEA and WAPA are working together on an extension of 30 more years bringing the contract expiration to 2054.