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Mike Muirhead receives APPA’s Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award

Mike Muirhead, Director of Public Works and Utilities for Garden City received the Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award as part of the American Public Power Association’s annual conference held in Seattle, Washington.  This award recognizes managers at a utility, joint action agency, or state or regional association who steer their organizations to new levels of excellence, lead by example, and inspire staff to do better. 

2023 Golf Outing and Joint EMP Meeting

The 2023 Golf Outing and Joint EMP meeting took place on June 7th and 8th in Salina, KS. We had 29 golfers participate in the Golf Outing at Lindsborg Golf Club.

On Thursday morning prior to the Joint EMP meeting some members toured the Sunbelt Solomon Transformer Facility in Solomon, KS.

The City of Lincoln is Hiring City Superintendent

 Position Summary  Under the Governing Body’s supervision, the City Superintendent supervises and participates in the construction and maintenance of municipal public works. This is administrative work concerned with the development, construction and maintenance of varied public works activities.  The employee of this class supervises the city’s divisions of street and park maintenance, sewage treatment, electrical […]

Infrastructure Grant Webinar set for June 22

Infrastructure Grant Webinar is set for Thursday, June 22 at 11 am. The topics include:
• New USDA Powering Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) Program (open now!)
• Upcoming Round of Resiliency Funding through the FEAM Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program
• Outlook for Round II of Programs Created through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

FERC aims to fix the grid’s renewable energy backlog. Can it?

n the fall of 2007, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raised concerns about how to manage the unprecedented number of renewable energy projects seeking to connect to the U.S. grid.

The agency is still grappling with the issue more than 15 years later — except now, the problem is worse, and the stakes are higher.

FERC is preparing to issue a final rule changing how new energy projects connect to the grid, a top priority for acting Chair Willie Phillips. The commission outlined a proposed rule on the topic last year, with a goal of more efficiently linking up planned solar, wind and battery storage projects, as well as reducing energy costs and making the power grid more reliable.

The City of Ottawa is Hiring Electric Production Operator I

The Electric Production Operator I performs duties in the City’s electric generation and electrical distribution substations. The employee in this position is responsible for maintaining continuous and stable operation of the generators in the plant while monitoring the City’s connections with other electric utility systems and delivering the necessary electrical power to the City of Ottawa’s customers. The Electric Production Operator I will monitor equipment operations for possible malfunctions and take corrective action should a malfunction occur. Must be able to work rotating shifts, some overtime maybe required along with on call duties. A combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. High school diploma or equivalent; technical degree or some college credit in a related field preferred. Minimum of one year of electric production operation and mechanical experience preferred. Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Competitive wage and benefits package. Wage range for this position is $17.43 to $24.41 per hour. EOE.

City of Ottawa is Hiring Journey Level Lineman

The City of Ottawa, Kansas is recruiting for a Journey Level Lineman.  The Journey Level Lineman performs skilled work in the construction and maintenance of the electric distribution system for the City of Ottawa. The employee in this position is responsible for exercising judgment as to the details of assigned work within prescribed operating procedures. The Journey Level Lineman is responsible for maintenance of power lines, electrical equipment, and transformers. Work is performed according to departmental procedures, practices, and safety regulations. A combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum of five years of experience with a construction crew on electrical distribution, including four years in an approved apprentice program. Must maintain a valid Kansas CDL.

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 future. We are home.
The City of Russell offers a very progressive benefit package. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, uniforms, family health insurance, family dental and vision plans, KPERS retirement program, and several other optional benefit programs.

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.