Electric Production & Distribution

In case of an outage over the Christmas Holidays, please call the on call phone number at 785-760-1152.

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IN CASE OF AN OUTAGE, CALL (785)594-6907.

Baldwin City was a leader in power production in the early 20th century, and as a result, still maintains control of their own energy production and distribution. The City is a member of Kansas Municipal Energy Association, which is a regional energy cooperative. We purchase power through KMEA for regular everyday power, which includes a varied portfolio of solar energy, wind energy, and more traditional sources. Our power purchases are currently around 30% renewable energy.

There are two power plants in town - the historic one on High Street downtown and the "new" one located at 1015 Orange Street. The new plant came online in 2004. There are a total of 5 large engines that generate power in case the main feeds fail. 

Power plant 1 CollagePower Plant 1, located at 605 High Street.

Power Plant 2Power Plant 2, located behind the Public Utilities Building at 1015 Orange Street.

The City partnered with Evergy to install a solar field behind the Public Utilities Building at 1015 Orange Street, which was completed in September of 2019. The solar field adds to the City’s mix of green and renewable energy. Click here to check the output for yourself.

Solar Field CollageBaldwin City’s Solar Field

Jeff Winkler

Power Production falls under the supervision of Jeff Winkler, and he oversees 2 employees. It takes 3-5 years before they are fully trained to run the power plant.

Power Distribution is handled by Chris Croucher and 4 employees. 4 of the crew are Journeymen Linemen and one is a groundsman. The line crew handle powerlines mostly within city limits, substation maintenance, tree trimming, and meter installations.

Journeymen do a 4 year apprenticeship, followed by a state certification test. Throughout their career, they must maintain current education.photo of Chris Croucher

IN CASE OF AN OUTAGE, CALL (785)594-6907.