April 11, 2022

Midwest Energy Named to Operate Larned Electrical System Through 2032

At its meeting on April 4, the Larned City Council unanimously approved a 10-year contract for Midwest Energy to provide the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the City’s electric transmission and distribution system.  The contact has a clause for a potential 5-year extension, should both parties desire it.

“Midwest has been performing operations and maintenance for the City since July 2021, and they’ve been very responsive to the City’s needs ever since,” said William Nusser, Mayor of Larned.  “This contract represents the best path forward in ensuring safe and reliable electric service for the City over the next decade.”

Under the contract, the City of Larned will own the electric system and power plant, and will be responsible for meter reading, bill printing, customer service and bill collection services.  Customers needing service will continue to contact the City’s after-hours help line at 620-285-8500.  The City will contact Midwest Energy whenever customers require service, to repair street lights, and to perform new service connections and disconnections.  Midwest Energy crews from the Great Bend District will also provide storm restoration and construction services on an as-needed basis. 

A photo of two electric linemen in blue shirts attaching hardware to a new pole that's on its side, in a narrow alleyway.  The pole is being suspended in the air by the boom from a white utility truck.
Linemen from Midwest Energy crews in Great Bend changed out several poles behind the Subway sandwich shop in Larned in late July 2021, just days after the City requested Midwest provide operations and maintenance services for their electric system. The Larned City Council approved a 10-year contract for Midwest Energy to continue providing these services long-term, effective April 4, 2022.

“In addition to operating the electrical system, Midwest will support the City with projects such as hanging Christmas lights, installing banners on light poles and setting up temporary electric services for events like fairs and festivals,” said Fred Taylor, Midwest Energy’s Vice President for Operations.  “Midwest provides these services in many of the cities we serve, and we built these services into the contract because we know they’re important to the community,” Taylor said.     

Taylor noted that Midwest Energy has deep roots in Larned, providing wholesale power to the City since 2003 and serving the areas around the City for more than 80 years, adding that Midwest paid nearly a half-million dollars in property taxes in Pawnee County in 2021.

“We’ve been in the area here a long time, and this contract makes that commitment all the stronger,” Taylor said.  “We look forward to serving Larned well into the future.”        

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