Electric Utility Municipalization Project

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The City Council voted during their meeting on June 13, 2017 to cease further consideration of forming a municipal utility.

After over two years of studying the feasibility of forming a municipal electrical utility, the City Council has decided to not move forward with pursuing electric utility municipalization. During the meeting the City Council directed the City Manager to engage with Puget Sound Energy to encourage them to develop and implement strategies to improve reliability and reduce the island’s carbon footprint.

 

The final electrical utility report can be downloaded here.

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Background


In 2014, Island Power, a non-profit organization on Bainbridge Island, initiated a community-wide discussion about how our electric power is provided, the source of our electric power and ownership of the electric utility serving Bainbridge Island. After receiving significant public input supporting further analysis and a ballot measure, the City Council directed the City Manager to prepare an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a feasibility study.

City Manager Schulze formed a citizen task force to assist with the development of the RFP. The Electric Municipalization Task Force consists of 15 Bainbridge Island residents who have backgrounds in electric utility services, finance, public utility law, and related fields. The Request for Proposals was published and the deadline for responses was Friday, April 15, 2016. A total of five responses to the RFP were received.

On April 26, 2016, the City Manager will brief the City Council on the RFP Responses and recommend a process for consultant selection. City Council award of a contract to a consultant for the feasibility study will be discussed at the July 12, 2016 Council Meeting. If the City Council decides to move forward with the feasibility study, the consultant will spend 3 – 4 months gathering data and preparing the study

On, July 12, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with D. Hittle & Associates, Inc., for the purpose of conducting an electric utility feasibility study, in an amount not to exceed $99,300. 

In October, the City sent a letter to Puget Sound Energy requesting information to help inform the feasibility study. In late October the City received this response from Puget Sound Energy.