Electric Department

517 W Water St
Sullivan, IL 61951
(217)728-7815

Electric Department Building
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  • Employees
  • Current Power Plant
  • History of the Electric Department
  • Generating Units
  • Yearly Generation and Purchased Power

 

Distribution Foreman

Shannon Risley

Generation Foreman

Doug Carnes

Mechanic/Maintenance Foreman

Ed Righter

Journeyman Lineman

Roger Betzler

Journeyman Lineman,
Certified Fiber Optics Installer

Kim Harris

Operator 

Mark Conlin

Operator

Bret Guin

Journeyman Lineman,
Certified Fiber Optics Installer

David Welsh

Operator/Maintenance

Darren Tull

Operator

Ed Briscoe

Operator

Don Clements

Secretary

Amy Pope  

 

The present power plant has a total of ten units ranging from 1000 to 6000 HP, with a total rated capacity of 19,632 kWh. Of these ten units, nine of these engines are operated on dual fuel (natural gas and #2 diesel fuel). The remaining unit is operated on diesel fuel alone.

The present distribution systems serves approximately 2072 residential customers, and 369 commercial, and 3 industrial customers. It consists of 85 pole miles of 12 kV overhead distribution line, 10 circuit miles of 12 kV underground distribution line, and 7 pole miles of overhead 69 kV transmission line.

The power plant and substation will be completely retrofitted with up to date controls, switchgear, and SCADA system by August of 2002, with the installation of a new 25 mVa power transformer, total system output capacity is 56 mW.

On July 23, 1999 the electrical system set a record summer peak load of 14,904 kW. A record of 7,177,800 kWh for gross production and purchased power was set during July of 1999.

The historical era of the City of Sullivan Electric Department is a most interesting one, the contents of which sound quite comical to us now living in these modern times.

In 1892, the supplier of electrical energy to the City was privately owned by John H. Baker, a local attorney. The City purchased power from Mr. Baker to operate a total of 32 street lights for an average cost of $200.00 per month. It is noted in old City records that the night policeman was to procure a book in which to enter the amount of time the street lights burned. In turn, he was to submit a monthly time report to the City officials.

In 1901, the franchise with Mr. Baker expired and a new contract was offered by the Sullivan Electric Company, successor of Mr. Baker. This contract was to be for a period of one year, the cost to be $60.00 per light per year. At that time, the City was equipped with a total of 40 lights, standard 2000 candlepower. The City officials thought these rates completely unreasonable and claimed all contracts defective. The City therefore refused to pay for any power from said Company and on December 16, the City officials invited bids for lighting of said City. One stipulation of this request was, "The contract would require an all night service, on a moon light schedule, the Mayor to control the use of lights on dark or cloudy nights.

In 1903, the Street Light Committee was instructed to make arrangements for lighting streets of the City. It was decided the most suitable place to operate a power plant would be in the building of the City Waterworks. All necessary apparatus for conducting electricity was installed, and the Superintendent of the Waterworks was to have a general supervision over the electric light plant.

In 1913, Central Illinois Public Service Company asked for a franchise to supply the City with electrical power, but the proposal was tabled indefinitely. It appears the former supplier attempted to sell all rights granted to him by a City Ordinance to CIPS. They, in turn, proceeded to use all poles, transformers, etc. within the City with no regard to the City itself or to their legal right to this action.

1914 was the year that plans and specifications was presented for the erection of a municipal light plant, and the following year, the City terminated all CIPS operations within the City. This action resulted a lawsuit between the City and CIPS. A petition was circulated to all legal voters for right to pass the appropriation ordinance to enable said City to advertise for bids for a power plant.

As time lapsed of 13 years prompted the voters of the City to present to appropriate a large sum of money for the purpose of providing new, better, larger and additional equipment and machinery for the betterment and enlargement of the electric light plant.

As the old steam equipment was wearing out, and at the same time the demand usage was beginning to exceed plant capacity, it was decided to convert to the new diesel equipment. Two engines manufactured by the Fairbanks Morse Company were purchased to be installed in the newly remodeled power plant.

During 1983, Sullivan was a charter member in the organization of the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency. IMEA’s primary function is to provide wholesale electricity to its members, which they re-sell on the retail market. This enables Sullivan to have an alternate source of power plus another option for low-cost electricity.

Generating Units Installed in the Power Plant

YEAR

HORSEPOWER

kW OUTPUT

COST

1927*

180

$15,807.00

1927*

240

$31,192.00

1928*

360

$39,451.00

1934*

420

$39,616.00

1939*

450

300

$33,854.00

1946

1000

690

$95,274.00

1948

1600

1136

$107,110.00

1951

1600 O.P.

1125

$128,963.00

1956

2100

1500

$243,020.00

1961

2800

2000

$324,189.00

1968 (replaced in '73)

6000

4300

$524,556.00

1971 (2 units)

3660

2400

$262,500.00

1994

3660

2400

$640,000.00

1994

1600

1136

$350,000.00

2011 (3 units)

 

2250

 

 

 

Yearly Generation and Purchased Power Records

YEAR

TOTAL GENERATION

TOTAL PURCHASED

PEAK LOAD

kWh

kWh

kW

1935

1,242,300

425

1940

2,116,000

580

1945

3,253,500

895

1950

6,545,200

1700

1955

10,088,000

2300

1960

14,289.500

3180

1965

19,012,100

4000

1966

20,519,900

5100

1967

20,944,200

4850

1968

23,564,500

6300

1969

24,277,100

6550

1970

25,362,800

6900

1975

31,233,400

8800

1980

32,062,285

10400

1985

7,690,200

30,012,000

9350

1990

24,020,500

18,780,000

11400

1995

23,234,900

29,917,164

13650

1996

8,530,650

47,833,413

13450

1997

2,170,500

56,513,592

13850

1998

6,666,000

55,839,843

14700

1999

4,446,000

59,567,512

14904

2000

4,119,900

62,213,182

14250

2001

475,000

63,858,578

14500

2002

620,700

65,076,000

15500

2003

356,900

65,042,000

15,436

2004

648,000

66,978,000

15,360

2005

3,345,880

66,837,395

16,148

2006

1,061,811

70,512,508

16,344

2007

314,252

73,597,008

16,663

2008

133,541

68,040,000

14,371

2009

119,334

63,983,516

15,377

2010

493,642

71,685,456

16,922

2011

910,111

70,097,815

16,829

2012

2,713,417

70,084,045

16,864

2013

249,247

70,589,000

15,799

 

 

 

 

 

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