Utilities currently has the capability of producing
megawatts of electricity. The largest local peak hour demand for
electricity is 100.7 megawatts, established in July, 2005.
Electrically, Hastings Utilities serves a 56-square mile area
including the city of Hastings and the village of Juniata.
Electricity can be generated at three different sites. The
largest producing power plant is the coal-fired Gerald T. Whelan
Energy Center. The 77 megawatt power plant uses low sulfur coal
from vast coal mine supplies in Wyoming. The WEC was Placed into
commercial operation in 1981. Other generation sites
include the North Denver Station, and the Don Henry Power Center,
operating primarily on natural gas, it can also be operated on
fuel oil. It can be brought on-line in a moments notice. At the
North Denver Station, so named for North Denver Avenue which is
nearby, has two natural gas fired generators. Generation
capacities, beyond local needs, can be sold on the wholesale
market for electricity. Wholesale power sales revenues help to
hold the line on local electric rates.
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and good electric service are important to you, your community, and
Hastings Utilities. Unfortunately, trees and electric wires are not
always compatible, and Hastings Utilities must trim trees for safety
purposes, as required by state law, and to avoid service
interruptions. That's why we want to tell you about our tree
Maintaining adequate clearance between electric wires and trees is
essential in providing safe and dependable electric service to you
and your neighbors. Many electric service outages result from tree
limbs which damage wires, cause short circuits and interrupt
service. Learn more about
Hastings Utilities Tree Trimming Policy.
Utilities currently offers Customer Energy Incentives to anyone wanting
to switch their appliances from gas to electric. Some restrictions to
receiving incentive payments may apply.
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Did you know?
If looking for new household
products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet
strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department
of Energy. The Energy Star can be found on hundreds of products
ranging from light bulbs and ceiling fans to Furnaces and Air
Conditioners. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the
Go to the
ENERGY STAR website to learn more