Electric Department

Overview
The Electric Utility Department is divided into two divisions: Production and Distribution. The stated intent of this Department is to provide electricity to customers and to pay for the costs of providing the service through user charges.

Where Your Electricity Comes From
The City's electricity is purchased or generated and distributed over approximately 55 miles of power lines. The power is most often purchased at wholesale rates from Westar and from a hydro-electric contract through the Kansas Municipal Energy Association.
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During peak loads of the summer season, the City of Osage City Power Plant generators produce additional energy for the residents of the City. This allows for the lowest rates for power possible. Without the capability to, the price of power in Osage City would be much higher.

Power Plant Superintendent and Operator Responsibilities
John Rice is the Power Plant Superintendent. Three full-time employees including a power plant superintendent and two operators are employed by the city. Their responsibilities are to:
  • Ensure the production of power during peak demands
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance
  • Make repairs to the plant
  • Repair and maintain the various pieces of equipment associated with electric generation
  • Record and monitor the electrical generation equipment
The plant is capable of producing 9,600 kilowatts produced on six dual-fuel (natural gas or diesel) engines and three CAT-powered generators.

Electric Distribution Responsibilities
Dennis Combes is the Electric Distribution Superintendent. The responsibilities of the Electric Distribution fall on four full-time employees, including three journey linemen and one apprentice. Their responsibilities include:
  • The daily maintenance and repair necessary to properly operate the system of over 55 miles of primary electrical lines, 683 street lights, and 1,650 meters
  • Preventive maintenance to all electric lines within the system
  • Construction tasks such as the installation of power lines and hook ups for houses and businesses