Electric Industry News

By Rebecca McCutcheon
CourierTraveler Author
Posted on June 18, 2018

The Winfield City Commission will consider a partnership with an electric transmission company Monday that would help the city invest in new transmission projects.

El Dorado Times
Posted on June 18, 2018

Tower construction is now in progress

Butler Electric Cooperative (Butler EC) has taken its first steps in providing high-speed internet to their membership and communities they serve. Tower construction is currently in progress located at 16502 SW 140th, Rose Hill. Butler EC announced the launch of their internet company, Velocity, at their 80th Annual Membership Meeting in March. Butler EC anticipates the first services will be available in the Fall of 2018 with a ribbon cutting slated for this summer.

By Erin Mundahl
InsideSources Author
Posted on June 15, 2018

Frequent flyers may remember a period when the TSA warned travelers not to take certain smart phones onboard airplanes out of fear that their batteries could catch fire. While the small lithium-ion batteries used in cell phones may cause injury, they are generally not large enough to cause damage to buildings or other structures. When batteries reach utility-scale, however, fires begin to pose a serious risk, one already seen with some electric vehicles. As utilities invest more in the solar+storage model of generation, battery purchases are expected to only continue to grow. This could make for an increased fire risk, however, one that many municipalities are only just beginning to plan for.

By Allen Best
Energy News Network Writer
Posted on June 15, 2018

Warren Buffet-owned utility MidAmerican Energy recently made national news by announcing it was on track to offset 100 percent of its electricity with renewable energy – while keeping costs low for customers.

By John Hawks
Writer, The Ottawa Herald
Posted on June 15, 2018

A malevolent storm struck Ottawa Monday night, ripping off tree limbs and blacking out large swaths of the community. However, thanks to quick action by city utility crews, most of the grid was restored shortly before sunrise.

By Peter Hancock
Statehouse/Politics Reporter
LJWorld.com
Posted on June 15, 2015

Topeka — Kansas utility regulators said Thursday that they may ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case challenging the federal government's authority to set certain kinds of rates that ultimately affect every electric customer's monthly bills.

By Peter Hancock
Statehouse/Politics Reporter
LJWorld.com
Posted on June 15, 2018

Topeka — Kansas utility regulators are being urged to reject Westar Energy’s request for a $17.2 million rate increase and instead order the company to cut rates for Kansas customers by $69 million to $125 million.

News Flash
Garden City Kansas
Posted on June 12, 2018

Garden City – The municipal electric utility now uses more than 30 percent renewable energy resources to serve its customers after the City began taking a portion of its power needs from Buckeye Wind Energy Center on June 1.

By John Green
The Hutchinson News
Posted on June 11, 2018

PRATT – Pratt city officials this week announced plans for the construction of a 6-megawatt solar farm in the northeast corner of town intended to provide most of the cities electricity for at least the next 15 years.

By Jacqueline Thomsen
The Hill Author
Posted on June 8, 2018

Renewable energy companies have decided to cancel or freeze $2.5 billion in investments on large solar panel projects following President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on imported panels, Reuters reported Thursday.