The City of Grand Island provided electricity to 24,678 customers in 2012. Our last peak power usage for the city was on July 24, 2012 between 4 and 5 on a 101 degree afternoon. We averaged 170.7 Megawatts during that hour. In comparison, that is enough power used in one hour to run an average home in Grand Island for 14 years or one single 60 watt light bulb for 324 years. The city used a total of over 3000 Megawatt hours that day and that can be a lot of demand to keep up with.
The following graph shows the increase in customer usage of power over the past few years. This steady rise in demand for power has kept the Utilities Department busy with expansion into new areas in addition to the regular maintenance and replacement of equipment as it ages.
Because the Platte Generating Station has a maximum capacity of 100 Megawatts, The City of Grand Island has been participating with neighboring utilities in recent years to create secondary sources of power to meet the needs of customers. The following graph shows the total rise in power consumption by the city and highlights the significant rise in imported power in recent years.
Participating with neighboring utilities to purchase power in bulk in addition to an economical coal power plant gives us great flexibility in adapting to the needs of the city in real time while customers enjoy some of the lowest rates in the country. Dispatchers are on duty around the clock to continuously monitor the power prices in our area and are able to buy and sell power with neighboring utilities. This allows us to find the most economical power available for the city. Having mulitple sources of power available also allows us to maintain a level of reliability that speaks for itself. Click here to view our Outage and Reliability page.