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File #: 2856-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/25/2019 In control: Public Utilities Committee
On agenda: 12/9/2019 Final action: 12/12/2019
Title: To authorize the City Attorney to enter into a contract with McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC for Energy Consultant Legal Services related to the City’s purchase of electric power and advisory services; and to authorize the expenditure of $75,000.00 from the Electricity Operating Fund. ($75,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD 2856-2019 - Financial Coding - Electric Energy Consulting Svc (McNees) - Year 1, 2. ORD 2856-2019 - Energy Consultant Legal Services - Addt'l Info
Explanation

The purpose of this legislation is to authorize the City Attorney to enter into a contract with the law firm, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, for the purpose of providing Energy Consultant Legal Services for supply-side electric energy procurement, management, and advisory services in matters relating to the City’s purchase of electric power for the Department of Public Utilities, Division of Power. This firm will work closely with the City Attorney’s Office and the Division of Power to assist the City in identifying energy related issues, identifying the most competitive solutions, and securing the best prices, and terms and conditions available for electricity contract(s) with qualified suppliers.

The Division of Power is a full service electric utility serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The Division currently has over 14,000 customer accounts, which include electric service to several City buildings and facilities including the City’s water and wastewater treatment facilities, and services to the city street lights. In 2018, Division of Power’s customers consumed a total of 904,515 MWh.

The Division regularly solicits competitive proposals through a Request for Proposals process for a power supply agreement. Currently the Division has a power supply agreement in place with AEP Energy Partners, Inc. ("AEPEP"), a subsidiary of American Electric Power. This agreement is to supply power through December 31, 2020. Beginning January 2021, the Division has a power supply agreement in place with American Municipal Power ("AMP"). The agreement is to supply power through December 31, 2025. The Division of Power is in need of energy consultant legal services to assist with contracting for the purchase of wholesale electric power beyond December 31, 2025.

The City Attorney’s Office, on behalf of the Department of Public Utilities, solicited proposals for the subject services in acc...

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