Malden Board of Public Works is one of five municipalities that make up the ArkMo Electrical Energy Pool. These five municipalities have their electrical resources combined and are efficiently scheduled by one scheduling agent. These contracts save the BPW thousands of dollars annually, which results in lower electric rates for the citizens of Malden, Missouri.
Currently the BPW has power purchase contracts with the City of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and additionally purchases energy from the Southwest Power Administration, a division of the Department of Energy.
Recently the BPW purchased into a Plum Point Power Project, which is a 660-megawatt coal generation power plant. The energy from this plant will serve the needs of the City of Malden for the next 40 years. The Board of Public Works receives its energy across Southwest Power Administration transmission system at 69,000 v. We have three transmission/distribution substations in which voltage is reduced to 4160 v for distribution over more than 60 miles of primary circuitry throughout Malden, Missouri.
The Board of Public Works has recently completed a major reconductoring project, which upgraded the City's poles, conductors, and substations resulting in an extremely reliable electrical system.