Larry Gates

Utilities Director
City of Chanute, KS

Larry Gates was named the City’s Utility Director in 2006. The City of Chanute is unique in the fact that it owns and operates its own utilities. Larry has worked for the City of Chanute since 2001.

Larry oversees several areas within the City of Chanute, The Electric Production and Distribution, Electric Meter Services, Gas Distribution and the Landfill. He manages a $25 million budget for the Electric Department and an $8 million dollar budget for the Gas Department. He supervises over 50 employees, who are responsible for the generation and distribution of electricity and gas to about 5,500 residential and business customers. Chanute is the third largest generating municipal providers in the state of Kansas. In 2013, the City of Chanute set up its own regional energy group, Southwind Energy Group (SEG) and is a market participant with Southwest Power Pool (SPP). We are the load serving authority for five other communities.

Chanute has had fiber since 1984, in support of our Power Plants and substations. We became an ISP in 2005. Chanute currently had redundant gig fiber connections and supports all key community institutions and several businesses that require large bandwidths.

Prior to becoming Chanute’s Utility Director, Larry was hired as the Power Plant Superintendent. During that time he managed the construction of the gas turbine for the city.

Prior to being hired by the City of Chanute, Larry worked as the City Superintendent for the City of Erie for over nine years. As part of the position, he was the Project Manager for Erie’s Energy Center.

Larry studies included Environmental and Electric technologies.

 

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