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Electric Department

The City of Kosciusko through the Kosciusko Water and Light Plant is one of only twenty-three public power companies in the state of Mississippi.  Kosciusko Water and Light (KWL) receives electricity over the Entergy transmission system.  Three main 7,620/13,800 volt distribution circuits deliver electricity from Entergy’s substation on Highway 12 East to the city’s electrical distribution system.  KWL is responsible for all the construction and maintenance activities on the city’s electrical distribution system.  The electric department employs approximately ten people including a superintendent, foreman, lineman, ground workers, and equipment operators.  The Kosciusko Water and Light Plant has modern and up to date equipment for use in maintaining the city’s electrical distribution system including bucket trucks, line trucks, and right-of –way maintenance equipment.

The City of Kosciusko is proud to own its electrical system and strives to provide reliable electrical service at the lowest cost possible.  KWL prides itself in quality maintenance and swift service restoration due to outages while maintaining a safe working environment.

Kosciusko Water and Light Plant was one of the founding members of the Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi (MEAM).  MEAM was formed to help stabilize the cost of electricity and assure member cities of adequate power for the future.  The collective bargaining power of MEAM allows KWL to receive more favorable rates from wholesale power producers.  It also gives KWL liasons and negotiators with federal and state regulator authorities as well as elected officials.  Today, MEAM is made up of six cities:  Greenwood, Canton, Kosciusko, Leland, Durant, and Itta Bena.  Currently MEAM has power purchase contracts with the Southeastern Power Administration and Entergy Mississippi and has a 40 MW ownership in Plum Point Power Station, which is a new 665 MW pulverized coal fired power plant in Osceola, AR.

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