KAMO Power, a generation and transmission cooperative that serves 17 member distribution cooperatives including Barry Electric, has purchased land adjacent to its substation on Highway 76 west of Cassville. The land could be used for the expansion of services.
"The folks who owned the land passed away, and we were able to acquire it from their heirs," said Tom Hayes, KAMO director of construction and contracts. "We were already looking in that area, and when this property became available we decided to purchase it."
Hayes said the property, which was previously owned by James and Maude Woods, was acquired for future expansions that will improve the reliability of services in the Barry County area.
At this time, KAMO has not made any official plans for the property, but Hayes said an expansion will likely be included in the cooperative's long-term improvement plan. When those plans are discussed, cooperative officials will talk about the possibility of selling the home located on the property.
KAMO's 17 member distribution cooperatives are located throughout northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. KAMO is one of six generation and transmission utilities that own Associated Electric Cooperative. KAMO Power's annual sales to members exceeds five million megawatt hours, which represents around 290,000 member-owners.