Power Supply in Hannibal
The Hannibal Board of Public Works generated electric power from 1903 to 1973. Flood damage and increasing environmental regulations, however, rendered power plant rebuilding impractical. Since 1973, all electricity has been purchased from investor owned suppliers.
The Board of Public Works is a total requirement customer of Illinois Power Marketing (formerly Ameren Energy Marketing), and we purchase in excess of 200,000,000 KWH annually. The HBPW is currently under a three-year purchase power agreement with Illinois Power Marketing (IPM) for full service requirements. The contract runs through May 2017.
In addition, the HBPW maintains Hannibal’s approximately 160 miles of electric line, 6 substations, and more than 1,700 streetlights. There are two main substations that feed the City of Hannibal – Marion Substation (located by Sawyers Creek) and West Substation (located by Fiddlestiks).
New Federal Regulations have de-regulated the electric industry, granting all purchasers open access to transmission systems, thereby creating open competition among power generation companies. Regional constraints on power purchase were removed.
Clean Line Energy Partners
Recently, the HBPW was approached by Clean Line Energy Partners who are developing a series of transmission lines that have the potential to deliver thousands of megawatts of low-cost renewable power from the windiest areas of the United States to communities and cities that lack access to clean energy resources. Currently, the HBPW has signed no contract with Clean Line Energy Partners.
Download a pdf version of the Wind Resource Map HERE.
HBPW Board Members and staff are reviewing all information concerning Clean Line Energy Partners, and will keep the public aware of updates throughout the process. Board meeting minutes can be found HERE.
The following links are documents extracted from the Missouri Public Service Commission website that are related to their decision to deny Clean Line Energy access through Missouri.
Letters to the Editor
The following links contain articles that were written by HBPW General Manager, Robert Stevenson, and placed in the Hannibal Courier Posts's Guest Column. These articles were written to educate Hannibal citizens on what we, Hannibal Board of Public Works, know about Clean Line Energy, the offer they have proposed to us, and the risks and rewards that come with.
- February 24, 2016: Wind Energy-State of the Industry
- March 1, 2016: Wind Energy in Missouri
- March 8, 2016: The Clean Line Project
- March 16, 2016: Hannibal's Need for Power
- March 23, 2016: What Would A Contract Look Like
- March 30, 2016: Hannibal Benefits from Wind Energy
- April 6, 2016: Where Do We Go From Here?