Entries by KMEA

The City of Pomona is Hiring Public Works Associate

The City of Pomona has a current opening for a Public Works Associate.
This position’s duties include the maintenance of all the city’s infrastructure. The position may be asked to perform other duties as requested and be available after regularly scheduled hours. The applicant must possess a valid DL and the ability to obtain a CDL within 6 months of employment. Great benefits starting with 14 paid holidays off per year, discretionary leave, vacation leave, KPERS, BCBS.

Job Openings at the City of Russell

The City of Russell is seeking professional and community-oriented individuals for four full-time positions. The City of Russell is situated at the crossroads of Interstate 70 and US Highway 281. We are a community that is dedicated to family, friends, and neighbors, where generations care for each other. We are One Russell, building a self-reliant […]

EPA power plant rules are coming. Are utilities ready?

In the nearly eight years since EPA announced the nation’s first carbon emissions limits on power plants, the utility sector has undergone a rapid shift.

Retirements of coal plants are accelerating, replaced with a flood of wind and solar projects competing to get on the grid. Unlike in the Obama era, the largest U.S. power producers are generally striving to meet net-zero carbon goals.

But new EPA rules set to restrict emissions from power plants will test the limits of the sector’s transition, raising questions about whether businesses are ready to meet President Joe Biden’s most ambitious climate goals. Technologies that can capture and store carbon dioxide are not used at major U.S. power plants, for example, and the ability of utilities to decarbonize faster than currently planned is uncertain.

Hydrogen and the EPA Power Plant Rule

Upcoming EPA regulations are expected to allow power plants to execute a historic reduction in their emissions partly by burning hydrogen.

But many questions remain about whether hydrogen will be a viable climate tool: Few power plants today are using it at scale, and some industry observers say that unless it is produced through a “clean” process before it reaches a power plant, it may not make a significant dent in U.S. emissions overall.

Currently, most hydrogen is produced with natural gas. While that “gray” hydrogen may emit little or no carbon at a power plant when burned, giving it an advantage over coal and gas, its production is emissions-intensive.

EMP2 Meeting and Solar Farm tour in Beloit

The EMP 2 committee met at the city of Beloit on April 20th.  As part of the meeting the EMP group was able to tour Beloit’s 2 MW solar array.  This array sits on 14.2 acres that the city of Beloit owned and it is expected to produce 4,893 Megawatt hours of energy, which is […]

City of Sterling’s Substation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

KMEA had the pleasure to join the city of Sterling at the ribbon cutting for their new substation.  This substation project has doubled the capacity the city can now receive from the transmission provider.  This will also prevent the city from running the power plant during high load situations when the current transformer would not handle the entire load of the city.  Other resiliency improvements will be realized with the addition of this new transformer allowing the city to have back up capabilities when maintenance needs done.  KMEA is proud to be a strategic partner in the project.  Congratulations to the city of Sterling on their upgrades to their community owned utility.

KMU Conference- Award Winners

At the recent KMU conference our members were well represented winning multiple awards. Congratulations to all of the winners. Great job and we thank you for all your hard work and dedication to your community.

City of Ashland is Hiring Lineman

The City of Ashland KS is seeking applicants for the position of electrical lineman. Job responsibility include, but not limited to, the construction and repair of City electrical distribution lines. Prior electrical experience is preferred. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, sick leave, KPERS, and paid holidays, and the salary depends on qualifications and experience. Please contact City Hall at 620-635-2531 or via e-mail at ashland@ucom.net for complete job description and application. Please return completed application and resume to the City of Ashland, 703 Main Street, PO Box 547, Ashland KS 67831. EOE

Kansas EV Infrastructure Call for Projects

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) announced that the Kansas Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Program is accepting Project Concept Forms for EV charging projects including Direct-current (DC) Fast Charging along Kansas highways, community charging, or other public EV charging projects. The timeline is as follows: Call for Projects Project Concept Form is attached Kansas EV […]

KMEA staff volunteers at APPA Lineworkers Rodeo

  KMEA had the pleasure to volunteer at the APPA Lineworkers Rodeo hosted by Kansas City BPU at National  Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas this past weekend. Apprentices from the City of Garden City represented the State of Kansas on the competition. You can see the results here.