City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri springs to action with
multiple services and products. The multi-utility supplies
electricity, natural gas, and water for residents and businesses in
the southwestern Missouri town. It has about 1,870 miles of power
lines and 1,260 miles of natural gas mains, serves about 110,000
electric customers, 82,000 natural gas customers, and 81,000 water
customers. It also operates the municipal bus system, which
has 25 regular street buses and five demand/response buses,
and serves about 790 broadband contracts through SpringNet
Telecommunications. City Utilities of Springfield has a service
region of 320 sq. ml. and serves a base population of 229,000.
The multi-utility's service territory covers
Springfield, Missouri, portions of Greene county, and a part of
northern Christian county.
In 2012 City Utilities of Springfield's revenues declined by 4%
primarily due to milder-than-usual weather crimping demand (heating
degree days were 21% below normal). This drop was partially offset
by an increase in revenues from its Transportation, Telco/Broadband
and Water segments. In 2012 revenues from electric retail
sales increased 5% thanks to rate increases. However, off-system
sales volumes decreased 38%.
Natural gas sales decreased 15% as a direct result of lower
volumes due to a mild winter and lower natural gas prices.
Water retail sales increased in 2012 to $36.4 million as
compared to $32.8 million in 2011, thanks in part to
Telco/Broadband had 25 new SpringNet customers billed in 2012
and saw its revenues rise by 6%.
With coal-fired plants accounting for 62% of its power
generation capacity City Utilities of Springfield, is looking to
boost its green power options. The utility offers its customers the
option of using renewable, wind-generated electricity imported to
Springfield from a Kansas wind farm (the 50 MW Smoky Hills Wind
Farm in Salina).
In 2013 City Utilities of Springfield was working on a deal to
buy solar power from Missouri's largest solar energy farm - a 5 MW
plant on a 40 acre site in eastern Greene County, near to the
multi-utility's McCartney natural gas turbine between Springfield
The utility traces its origins to the gas works of
Springfield Gas Lighting Company, which opened in 1874.
In 1945, Springfield Gas and Electric was bought by the City of
Springfield, resulting in the creation of City Utilities of