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Florida Municipal Power Agency Voices Concerns About EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rule

The Florida Municipal Power Agency recently filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency voicing concerns about EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rule for electric utilities.

The rule, which targets CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, presents unique challenges in Florida, FMPA noted.

FMPA is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities in Florida.

Florida relies on natural gas generation for 75% of its power supply, “by far the highest percentage in the United States. It would be one of the most impacted states by EPA’s proposed rule, which would introduce experimental ‘green’ hydrogen to partially fuel natural gas power plants by 2032,” FMPA said in a news release related to the comments.

December Natural Gas Report

Storage Levels Continue to Grow

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a rare late-season injection of 10 Billion Cubic Feet (Bcf) into storage for the week ended November 24th.  Expectations were for a 10 Bcf withdrawal due to the colder temperatures over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Current storage inventory is at 3,836 Bcf which is nearly 9% above the five-year average.

First Steps Taken Towards New Generation in Russell

At the November 21st Russell council meeting the city council approved a resolution authorizing and providing for the acquisition and installation of 15 Megawatts of generation.

Representatives from KMEA, Gilmore Bell, Stifel, and Russell staff presented the generation project details and its stages to the City Council.  The project consists of five 3 Megawatts CAT generating units to be added in both power plant locations.

Grid Resilience Grant Due December 29th

As part of the Department of Energy’s goal to improve grid resilience the Kansas Corporation Commission has received a grant for small utilities to apply for.  The primary goal of the program is to demonstrate measurable improvements in energy resilience, with a focus to necessary and supporting grid modernization investments in rural, underserved, and disadvantaged communities, to invest in modernized grid infrastructure and to create good-paying jobs.

Oberlin Takes Delivery of Two CAT Engines

On October 23rd the city of Oberlin took delivery of two new CAT C175 3.0 MW engines.  This marks the first delivery of equipment under KMEA’s new financing program.  These engines will replace the city’s current, outdated generation.  In addition to providing Oberlin with easy-to-run, reliable generation that will serve the community in time of need for many years to come, they also help the city meet its Southwest Power Pool capacity requirement .

The KMEA financing program is aimed to give cities an option when a large, capital-intensive project, like the purchase of new generation, is needed for the utility.  KMEA assumes the project-related debt on behalf of the city.  The city reimburses KMEA through a capacity contract payment that is simply included on KMEA’s normal monthly power supply bill.

Osawatomie partners with Garden City to receive emergency transformer

On the evening of Thursday, October 24th, the city of Osawatomie began experiencing troubles at the power plant substation.  After a full diagnosis of the problem, it was determined that the substation transformer was damaged, and a replacement was needed.  With the cooperation of the city of Staff and KMEA/Mid-States a replacement transformer was located in Garden City.  To meet the urgent need, the City of Garden City quickly approved the sale of the transformer and began efforts to load and transport it to Osawatomie Thursday evening.          

KMGA 2023 Awards

This year’s recipient of Mike Gilliland award was Pat Adams, the City Administrator of the City of Halstead. Pat started working for the city on April 25, 1994 as a Utility Maintenance Worker. In October of 2000, he was promoted to the position of City Superintendent, overseeing all of the city’s Public Works and Utilities.

KMEA 2023 Awards

Bill Johnson, the General Manager for Kansas City BPU was the recipient of the award this year. Bill was appointed General Manager of Kansas City BPU on April 1, 2019. He has over 40 years of diverse utility experience into this executive leadership role. His responsibilities include serving as the Chief Executive Officer for the largest municipal electric and water utility in the State of Kansas. He earned an MBA from Ottawa University in 2007.

2023 Annual Conference

The 2023 Annual Conference was a success! The event was held in Wichita, Kansas on October 19th and 20th. We had representatives from 49 member cities and over 140 attendees total. We would like to thank all our sponsors, the conference would not be possible without their support. This year we had 21 companies sponsoring our event.

Ben Whiting was the keynote speaker and he opened the conference. His presentation was fun and inspiring! It was focused on leadership development with a touch of magic and lots of laughs.

Cities Toured Dogwood Facility

Representatives from the Cities of Garden City, Gardner, Lindsborg, Ottawa, and Russell toured the Dogwood facility on September 21st. Dogwood is a 650 MW, natural gas fired, combined-cycle facility located in Pleasant Hill, Missouri In 2017, KMEA entered into an asset purchase agreement with Dogwood Energy LLC for the purchase of a 10.1% ownership interest […]