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We have one of the most up-to-date electrical systems in Southeast Kansas. However, sometimes a circumstance beyond our control does knock out the city’s power supply, such as: animals crossing on the power lines; an electric pole and/or wire being knocked down; transformers overheating; or trouble from our supplier's line before it reaches Chanute. Should you lose power you may contact the Public Works Complex, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (620) 431-5250; or, for after hours and weekends call Power Plant #2 at (620) 431-5270.
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The City of Chanute receives energy from Evergy through various baseload contracts and day-ahead purchases. In the event that our day-ahead purchases from the market exceed the cost to generate by a considerable margin, Chanute will then generate at a lower cost than it can be purchased. Also, Chanute's 50MW combustion turbine is registered in the SPP market under contract. Since it exceeds the 10MW threshold SPP can call on Chanute at any time for generation to put extra energy on the grid and/or for grid stability.
We are in constant contact with Evergy and have metering in place that allows us to monitor what Chanute and Ash Grove Cement Company power demands are. The metering provides us the information to determine what generated output is needed to sustain total load.