The City of Odessa’s Power and Light Department is comprised of an electric generation plant and an electric distribution system.
The current generation plant was originally constructed in 1939. Several additions and changes have been made since that time to accommodate our ever-increasing population. When the plant was first constructed, it supplied all of the power the City of Odessa required. In the 1960s, the city’s electricity needs increased beyond our generation capacity. During that time, the City entered into a contract with Missouri Public Service as our wholesale power supplier. The contract with Missouri Public Service, which has also been known as Utilicorp and Aquila, expired in 2004. In early 2004, the Board of Aldermen asked for bids from several electric suppliers, and received 4 bids. The Board of Aldermen chose the best and lowest bid offered, which was from the MoPEP Power Pool. In April 2004, the City of Odessa began purchasing power from the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) through the MoPEP Power Pool. The MoPEP Power Pool is not a power supply company, it is a coalition of cities partnering to purchase and develop supplies. In 2007, there were 32 member cities in the MoPEP Power Pool, including Higginsville, Harrisonville, Carrollton and Marshall. The MoPEP Power Pool is non-profit and member-directed, meaning each city has a vote in the decisions made by the MoPEP Power Pool. MJMEUC is authorized by state law to operate as an electric utility for the benefit of the combined requirements of the members. You can learn more about MJMEUC at http://www.mpua.org/about/MJMEUC.asp.
As required by state law, all persons must request that the location of all utilities be marked before digging on any property.
Theft of service means tampering with or bypassing a meter in order to receive utility service free of charge. The City of Odessa has an aggressive program to stop the theft of electric and/or water service. The theft of utility services is a very serous crime and stopping utility service theft is critical for everyone as the cost impacts not only the City but all of our utility customers.
Tampering with electric service is dangerous! Attempts to bypass or tamper with electric meters or other electric utility facilities can result in serious injuries, electrocution, fire, explosions, and even death. If you suspect that someone is stealing water and/or electricity, please report it by calling City Hall at 816-230-5577 or the Odessa Police Department at 816-633-7575.
Utility meters are read once a month around the 18th of the month. While some meters are read electronically, physical reads still take place at some locations. There are circumstances that may prevent us from reading your meters such as:
Maintaining safe and easy access to meters helps us to ensure an accurate reading, which leads to accurate billing. Please remember, it is your responsibility to grant access to the meter location and to arrange for the safety of city employees while they service your meters.
If the meter reader can't access your meter, your utility usage will have to be estimated. Any inaccuracies will be adjusted in later month. If you have any questions or concerns about the access to your meter, please contact City Hall.