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City of Powell Electric Department

 

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951 East 5th Street
(307) 754-9537
electric@cityofpowell.com

 

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Electric Department

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.

 

Message from the Mayor

 

   

Wow, is it summer already? Well, maybe ... and soon it will be fall. I hope all the folks in Powell are planning and scurrying around to enjoy as much of the season as possible.

 

At the city we are working in the same mode --- making sure baseball fields are in order, parks are clean, and, yes, tending to that boring thing we call infrastructure.

 

The Absaroka Street project is in full swing and we appreciate everyone's patience as they guess which cross street is open on any given day. Thankfully, the project is on schedule in spite of the rain.

 

The city's electric system took a hit with the recent fire, but it will be repairable. Our substation is close to 30 years old, but well maintained. While we experienced a major outage with some damage, we will get back to normal operations in a reasonable amount of time with few interruptions in service.

 

I believe our city employees handled this accident in a very professional manner and I would be remiss in not thanking all those who came to help. Our neighbors have been tremendously supportive from the second the explosion occurred -- including Western Area Power Authority, Garland Light & Power, Powell Fire Department, City of Cody, local businesses and many more. Folks jumped in to help in a variety of ways and we are very grateful. What a "trial by fire" to welcome Zack Thorington to his new position as city manager! Seriously, we welcome Zack aboard in his new role and look forward to his leadership for the City of Powell.

 

Crews are starting to slurry seal designated streets; you should have already received notice if your neighborhood is on the list.

 

As always keep an eye out as you drive around town, because lots of kids are at play and on bicycles -- and please stay off your phones. Also, take note that a few streets have new speed limits.

 

As July heats up, yards around the community are looking good -- and hopefully your barbecue events are not being ruined by the thunderstorms. As always, thank you for all you do to make Powell a beautiful and safe town.

 

(John Wetzel is the mayor of Powell.)

 

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