Plant Information

Power Plant Exterior

The City of Wayne owns the generation plant and the distribution system. The diesel generation plant is leased to the Big Rivers Electric Corporation. The plant currently houses eight diesel generators, which range in size from 750 to 5,000 kilowatts. In times of emergency, the city is capable of generating enough power for all of its own electrical needs.


During the summer season the plant is used by the City of Wayne to cover their electrical peaking needs. These high electrical loads are due mainly to crop irrigation. When generation is needed, the plant can be brought online to full load within two hours. At full load it produces 19 megawatts of electricity and burns approximately 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel per hour.