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307 E. Buffalo
Girard, Kansas 66743
The City of Girard is responsible for planning, development, production, purchase, transmission and distribution of electricity to the citizens of Girard. Due to the type of generation units the City owns, in recent years it has become more economical to purchase electricity through wholesale energy markets than it is to generate. Since 2006 the City has been a member and purchased power through the Kansas Power Pool (KPP), a member driven organization formed to help keep municipal energy costs affordable under the pool concept. In 2011, as power pool assets have become more costly, the City Council made a decision to leave the pool and enter into an agreement with the Kansas Municipal Energy Association (KMEA). The City is currently operating under the remaining contract with the KPP until approximately May 1, 2013, when the transition to KMEA will be completed. The switch from the KPP to KMEA will be seamless and unnoticeable to the citizens of Girard.
The power plant remains staffed with certified personnel to ensure assets are maintained to be operated as directed by adminsitration, provide service to the public during inclement weather outages and other loss of service situations, and monitor transmission of incoming and outgoing service.
The city's venture into the municipal electricty began in 1904 when the city council purchased a small steam-driven electric light plant from Captain J.A. Marshall. Located at the east end of Prairie Street, it was moved south to the location of the water plant. During the first thirty years of operation the city plant more than paid its own way and repaid the original cost.
Girard was one of the few cities west of the Mississippi River to have electricity. Over the years there has been many upgrades and improvements to the plant to meet the electric demand of the city. In 1991, the most recent major improvement included installation of two large engines and all new switch gear. Now the plant is capable of producing 10 megawatts of power, enough to cover the needs of the city of Girard. Since then, other improvements have been made such as digital metering, computer controlled and monitored circuits, and black start capability. When outages occur during off-duty hours, on-call staff report to restore service as quickly as possible.