The City of Kiowa Electric Department has 2 full-time employees with a
combined 40 years of experience. Their primary responsibilities
include maintenance, installation and repair of the electrical
distribution system, as well as the City’s substation.
Electricity is purchased from Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
(WFEC) through an energy group, the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency
(KMEA) for the sole purpose of providing electricity to the community.
The rates charged for this service are intended to be set at a level
that will allow for the city to recoup expenses of operating the local
utility and to maintain and improve the distribution system.
The electric distribution grid contains 5 circuits, 2 of the circuits
provide 14,400/24,900 (“14-4”) primary voltage and 3 circuits provide
24,000 (“4160”) primary voltage. See “2016-2019 Electric Grid Upgrades” below to learn more about the City’s electric projects.
KMEA was formed under Kansas law as a quasi-municipal corporation
established as a nonprofit joint action agency made up of electric
municipalities. Today, KMEA has more than 70-member cities across the
state of Kansas. A city that joins KMEA becomes an owner as well as a
member. The City of Kiowa became a member of KMEA in October 2015.
KMEA actively seeks and secures power supply arrangements for member
cities’ short-term and long-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. The
City of Kiowa became a member of KMEA’s Energy Management Project #3
(EMP3). Through electricity supplied by KMEA under the EMP3 project in
combination with the City’s owned generation, the City has a reliable
and economic source of electricity.
Outages and Emergencies:
Currently the City owns and operates two 2000 Kw generators capable
of producing 3500 Kw (3.5 Megawatts). In the event of a power outage,
the generators are turned on and the electric grid is disconnected from
the transmission line. City Staff then coordinates with the Electric
Department crew and WFEC to restore power as quickly as possible.
2016 – 2019 Electric Grid Upgrades:
Beginning in February 2016, the City has embarked on a 3 Phase plan
to overhaul the entire electric distribution grid. Each phase will run
concurrently until completion.
The Electric Department has begun
converting each of the 5 circuits currently at 4160 primary voltage to
14-400. This will reduce line loss and provide customers with a
steadier current. In addition, every 4160 transformer will be removed
and replaced with a new non-PCB 14-400 transformer. Upon completion of
Phase 1, the City will have replaced nearly 1,100 electric poles, 450
transformers, and will be certified as a PCB-free distribution system.
As of June 2018, conversion of Circuits 3, 4, & 5 have been
To reduce electric waste and become more
“green,” the Electric Department has been replacing the high-pressure
sodium street lights with energy efficient LED lights. As of June 2018,
Phase 2 is approximately 90% complete.
To improve the power supply during an
emergency outage, the City purchased a second 2000 Kw generator. With
this purchase, the City will have the ability to produce 3500 Kw of
generation. In addition, a control room with an upgraded switchgear
will be installed. Phase 3 was completed on August 1, 2017.