City Of Washington Expects To Avoid Rolling Blackouts


Electricity Update: with the media coverage regarding rolling blackouts, City of Washington would like our electrical customers to know that we have been generating power at the power plant since 5 am this morning in an effort to do our part to mitigate the situation.

As this is a very critical and fluid situation We will continue to generate as the situation calls for.

As long as no mechanical issues or other complications arise at the power plant, City of Washington customers should not expext an outage as a result of the rolling blackouts.

We continue to urge all customers to practice energy conservation at this time.

Please know that our staff is working hard at maintaining services and cannot always stop what they are doing to answer phone calls.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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