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File #: 2981-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/19/2023 In control: Public Utilities Committee
On agenda: 12/4/2023 Final action: 12/7/2023
Title: To authorize the City Attorney, on behalf of the Department of Public Utilities, Division of Power, to renew the contract for energy consultant legal services with McNees Wallace & Nurick, Inc. for the Division of Power; and to authorize the expenditure of $100,000.00 from the Electricity Operating Fund. ($100,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD 2981-2023 McNees Wallace & Nurick - Energy Legal Consulting Services - Renewal #4 - Additional Information Form, 2. ORD 2981-2023 Financial Coding - Energy Legal Consulting Services - Renewal #4

This legislation authorizes the City Attorney to renew the contract with the law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, for energy consultant legal services relating to the City’s purchase of electric power for the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Division of Power (DOP).

DOP needs supply-side electric energy procurement management and advisory services. 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, 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 approximately 17,300 customer accounts, which include electric service to several City buildings and facilities, such as the City’s water and wastewater treatment plants. The Division also provides electricity services for the city’s street lights, of which there are approximately 57,000 city-wide. In 2022, Division of Power’s customers consumed approximately 840,000 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 with American Municipal Power (”AMP”) to supply power through December 31, 2025. DOP is in need of energy consultant legal services to assist with contracting for the purchase of wholesale electric power beyond this date.

The City Attorney’s Office, on behalf of the Department of Public Utilities, solicited proposals for the subject services in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 329 of City Code (RFQ013226). Seventy-one (71) vendors were solicited; two (2) proposals were received, and on September 6, 2019, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC was selected as the best offer...

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