The City of Nixa owns and operates its own electric utility. The Electric Department’s full-time employees include a superintendent and assistant superintendent, several linemen and two foremen, substation technicians, apprentice linemen, equipment operators, and a certified arborist.
The Nixa Electric Department purchases wholesale power through several power purchase agreements. With the exception of solar power, wholesale energy is delivered to Nixa through a Southwest Power Pool (SPP) network transmission agreement.
Power purchase agreements include both capacity and energy components from a number of sources ranging from 5 to 20 years. Renewable energy supply includes 5.3 megawatts (MW) of hydropower from the Southwestern Power Administration, 10 MW of Wind capacity purchases from Nextera, and 8 MW of Solar Power from the Nixa Solar Farm which is owned and operated by the Missouri Electric Commission of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. Conventional capacity supply includes 30 MW from Dogwood Energy, a natural gas plant in northern Missouri; 15 MW from the Grand River Dam Authority in Oklahoma. Base load energy is supplied through a 15 MW agreement with Evergy as well as a combination of short-term fixed and variable rate contracts.
The Nixa Electric System is a 12470/7200 volt system. On a daily basis, the Nixa electric department maintains and makes any necessary upgrades to the system for better reliability. This includes, but is not limited to, routine tree trimming, transformer and line maintenance, street light repairs and new services.
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