April 26, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What’s the difference between an investor-owned utility, an electric cooperative, and a municipal utility?
    A: An investor-owned utility is a publicly traded utility regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission. An electric cooperative is an unregulated member-owned business established to supply electricity to their member-owners. A municipal utility is any municipality owning and operating their own utility including water, electric, gas and/or wastewater.
  • Q: What’s a kilowatt hour?
    A: The amount of electricity used to keep a 50-watt bulb burning for 20 hours.
  • Q: What does the term “one pound” mean?
    A: It’s the amount of coal it takes to produce one kilowatt-hour of electricity.
  • Q: What’s a Btu?
    A: A Btu is a British Thermal Unit. It refers to the amount of energy required to raise or lower the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. A kitchen match has about one Btu of energy. Adding a pot to hold the water will require the use of more matches.
  • Q: When did Thomas Alva Edison perfect the incandescent light bulb?
    A: 1879, the year which marks the unofficial beginning of the world of electricity.
  • Q: When did the first power plant open in the United States?
    A: 1882. The Pearl Street Station began operating in New York City.
  • Q: How does a electric system work?
    A: Click here for an illustrated answer.