Grain Belt Express

Audio: Anti-Grain Belt Express bill gets another Senate hearing with testimony lasting two hours

The Grain Belt Express project plans to run wind power transmission lines across eight rural counties in northern Missouri—from Buchanan through Ralls. Though the Public Service Commission has approved it and the commission’s approval won a court challenge, agricultural opponents have once again found support in the Legislature. The Missouri House passed HB 527 to stop utility […]

City of Trenton Website

Audio: TMU Director Ron Urton talks about the higher electric bills during cold weather in February and what residents can expect

One of the topics discussed Monday on KTTN’s Open Line was the use of Trentons’ diesel generators to help provide power to municipalities within the Missouri public energy pool that Trenton is a member of. The discussion also involved higher bills customers may be receiving due to their increased usage of electricity during the extremely […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

Audio: Missouri Representatives want reporting requirement about student access to broadband

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) could be required to report annually about the number of K-12 students with limited or no access to high-speed internet at home. During a House committee hearing, Representative Louis Riggs, R-Hannibal, said he is proposing to require the department to include the total number of students […]

Power Outage

USDA invests $15 million to improve and modernize electric infrastructure in rural Missouri

U.S.Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $15 million to build and improve electric infrastructure in Missouri through its Electric Loan Program. “For nearly 85 years—since the inception of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936—USDA has played a role in bringing electricity to rural areas,” […]

Trenton Utility Committee

Trenton Utility Committee presented details on financial impact of extremely cold weather in February

Trenton’s Utility Committee heard details Tuesday evening on the preliminary financial impact for TMU regarding substantially-increased prices for natural gas and the electric market due to the prolonged extreme cold weather last month. Trenton Municipal Utility Comptroller Rosetta Marsh says having a large reserve in the electric department will help Trenton withstand the higher costs […]

Moberly Park Trenton Missouri

Trenton Park Board addresses lengthy agenda including shelter house, stump removal and pool

The Trenton Park Board on March 3rd approved a bid for tree stump removal as well as actions involving the Van Meter shelter house and the swimming pool. The 2021-2022 budget was also reviewed. The approved stump removal bid was from Perkins Dozing of Jamesport for $200 per stump. Another bid was submitted from Custom […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council table “right of way” agreement with MoDOT, discuss generation of power at Monday meeting

The Trenton City Council on Monday night tabled an ordinance, approved a resolution, accepted a bid, and agreed to buy a riding lawnmower locally. More details also were presented on TMU’s use of diesel generators during the cold weather. The council voted to table a “right of way” agreement between the city of Trenton and […]

Josh Hawley official Congressional photo

Hawley, members of Missouri delegation ask for review of natural gas supply

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking for a review of the natural gas supply in light of electricity outages, rolling blackouts, and controlled service interruptions across Missouri and the Midwest during extreme winter weather.    “Due to […]

Evergy Website

Evergy resumes normal operations after severe weather event

Evergy has resumed normal operations after severe weather created stress on the regional power grid for most of the week. The company was asked to implement controlled, temporary emergency electricity reductions Monday and Tuesday. The Southwest Power Pool has returned to “Conservative Operations,” which means customer requests for conservation are no longer needed. Evergy continues […]

Grundy Electric Cooperative

Grundy Electric Cooperative members asked to conserve electricity

Members of Grundy Electric Cooperative have been asked to safely conserve as much electricity as possible as the three-tiered system of electric cooperatives continues to do everything possible to meet record demand for electricity driven by extreme subzero temperatures throughout a large portion of the country. On February 16, Associated Electric Cooperative, the power supplier […]

Evergy Website

Southwest Power Pool lifts requirements for electricity reductions; Evergy to restore power to affected customers as soon as possible

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) lifted its requirement for the current emergency electricity reductions. Evergy will be restoring power to affected customers as soon as possible. The SPP continues to operate under emergency energy alerts as extended cold temperatures continue to strain the regional power grid, so may request additional outages as the severe weather […]

Trenton Municipal Utilities Sub Station and Generators (TMU)

Trenton Municipal Utilities: Efforts to conserve energy are having an effect on lowering electric demand levels

Trenton City Administrator/Utility Director Ron Urton continues to ask residents to conserve energy on February 16th and 17th due to the extreme cold. He reports Trenton Municipal Utilities is running three generators at the north substation, but it is still having problems getting enough fuel to each individual unit. It was noted on February 15th […]

Grundy Electric Cooperative

Grundy Electric Cooperative asking customers to conserve electric usage

Grundy Electric Cooperative has issued a call for members to reduce their electrical usage when possible due to the very cold air temperatures and extreme wind chill values. Grundy Electric issued what they call “a peak alert” for the members to conserve on energy usage especially between the hours of 5 and 9 o’clock tonight […]

Governor Parson and Sen. Hegeman

Governor Parson signs $324 million emergency package for rent and utility needs

Governor Mike Parson has signed HB 16 into law, a bill giving $324 million in emergency aid to help struggling renters and landlords in Missouri. The plan, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP),  could cover some rent and utility costs. “HB 16 will provide much-needed assistance to tenants and landlords across the state. COVID-19’s economic […]