Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is a regional wholesale power supplier owned by six distribution cooperatives, five of which also own Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC. The combined system owns and operates a 1,275-MW system of gas, wind, and coal-based generation and a 2,300-mile transmission system. The member-owners of Sunflower and Mid-Kansas serve 400,000 people spread throughout 55 central and western Kansas counties. Visit the Sunflower website at http://www.sunflower.net
Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC, organized for the purpose of acquiring the assets of Aquila’s Kansas Electric Network, is a coalition of six rural electric cooperatives serving in 33 western Kansas counties. The cooperatives also own Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, a generation and transmission service provider, and other businesses that provide a wide range of services including power line construction, water supply, satellite TV and Internet access, wireless broadband Internet access, cellular telephone service, commercial electrical services and propane delivery services. Visit the Mid-Kansas website at www.midkansaselectric.net.
Midwest Energy Inc. is a customer owned electric and natural gas cooperative, serving nearly 90,000 customers in 41 counties in central and western Kansas. The company employs more than 270 and has 8 local offices located throughout its service territory. For more information, please visit Midwest Energy’s website at www.mwenergy.com.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by 44 member cooperatives that serves 1.5 million consumers in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Tri-State generates and transports electricity to its member systems throughout a 250,000-square-mile service territory. Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Visit Tri-State’s website at www.tristate.coop.
Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a tax-exempt, consumer-owned public utility organized in 1984 to provide low-cost, reliable electric service for its rural distribution cooperative members. Its 16 member systems serve more than 185,000 retail customers in the Panhandle, South Plains and Edwards Plateau Regions of Texas, an area covering 24 percent of the state, and in the Panhandle of Oklahoma and Southwestern Kansas. Visit Golden Spread’s website at www.gsec.coop.
Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA) is a member-owned organization founded in 1980 to help Kansas municipalities pool their resources and electric power needs to create power-related efficiencies. KMEA currently consists of 73 member cities. KMEA provides its members 198 MW of economical, firm base load supply through various long-term power supply deals with area producers and is constantly negotiating for additional firm transmission and additional electric resources. KMEA developed and implemented the first active Mutual Aid Program in the state of Kansas. Most recently, KMEA partnered with Midland GIS to implement a GIS Mapping Program for its member cities. Visit KMEA’s website at www.kmea.com.