City of Powell Electric Department
951 East 5th Street
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The City of Powell operates and maintains its own electrical substation
and distribution system within the city limits. The system has undergone
a complete rebuild during the last ten years including a new substation,
overhead and underground feeders. During the next few years, the underground
secondary and distribution systems upgrades will be completed. The
system voltage has been increased to 12.5KV to provide increased capacity
and power quality.
The electrical department consists of 6 employees, a superintendent,
foreman, linemen (2) and meter techs/readers (2). Their responsibilities
are varied but include engineering for system changes and additions,
line and service changes, street light maintenance, power line locating
and meter installation/testing.
The City of Powell along with Garland Light and Power, the local REA,
has developed an electrical safety demonstration. It is a full scale
model operating at the nominal voltage of 12KV. It is an impressive
display of the potential hazard of electricity. In addition, the department
works with the school system to educate the students about electricity
and its safety considerations.
The City of Powell is a member of Wyoming Municipal Power Agency (WMPA).
WMPA is the wholesale electricity provider for 8 public power communities
in Wyoming. The citizens of public power communities enjoy local control
and ownership. The consumers of a community-owned electric system receive
better service by having a local number and personnel.