Welcome to Colby Public Power
The City of Colby has owned and operated a municipal power plant since 1910, with low rates benefiting all residents. The credit for the electric capacity and rates is due to the wisdom and foresight of the governing body in the early 1900’s, and the continuing stewardship of later City Councils.
Cooper Bessemer 2,500 KW Engine
System Control Panels
Colby has six generating units with a generating capacity of 17.360 MW. The generating units are used only in an emergency because the cost to purchase electricity is less than running the equipment. The City has three contracts in effect at this time for 2 MW of hydro-electric power, 5 MW of firm energy, and the remaining amount of non-firm energy from Midwest Energy. The energy is scheduled through Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA). The Colby Power Plant is manned 24 hours/day and 7/days per week. This ensures that the generating units can be brought on-line to serve our residents within a very short time. All energy flows through an interconnection with Midwest Energy located in the northeast part of the community.
For the year 2008, the City generated 135,800 Kwh and purchased 68,158,848 Kwh. The average cost for generated/purchased power was $0.05651 per Kwh.