The Electric Generation and Substation crews provide the energy needs of the entire City of Gardner, with an estimated population of 21,000. As of January 2016, the City served 7,855 customers.
Most of the City's electric needs are met through energy purchases from outside resources (OPPD, WAPA, GRDA, MARSHALL, AND KCP&L). Some of the electricity required to meet customer demand is generated by the City with dual fuel Combustion Turbine Units. The Generation crews maintain and operate two rapid start peak generating units with an installed capacity of 15 MW at the Energy Center located at 1150 E. Santa Fe Street. In conjunction with those combustion turbine units, the Electric Division manages and maintains a 1.1 mile natural gas pipeline to serve the fuel needs. The purchased and generated power is transmitted throughout the city via four miles of transmission lines and over 103 miles of distribution lines.
Crews also repair and maintain three 161,000 volt/12,470 volt substations (Substation #1 located at 1150 E. Santa Fe Street, Substation #3 located at Moonlight Road and E. Santa Fe Street, and Substation #3 located 1/4 mile of W. 167th Street on Waverly Road).
Electrical engineers, compliance engineers and generation operators all strive to achieve and maintenance the highest possible levels of safety and regulatory compliance that the customers of the electric utility expect and deserve.