September 14, 2014

City utility required to file resource plan

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
During a July 3 meeting, members of the Gardner Electric Advisory Board (GEAB), formerly the electric utility board discussed a proposed Gardner Energy Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be filed with the Western Area Power Authority (WAPA).
The city has retained Twenty-First Century Management Consultants to prepare the resource plan. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires that all cities receiving hydroelectric power from WAPA submit an IRP. Gardner began receiving hydropower in 2013.
An IRP has historically focused on the supply side, but must now include both the supply side resources and demand side programs. The plan must take into account the ability to verify energy savings achieved through energy efficiency and the projected durability of such savings measured over time. †For an IRP to be effective and meaningful, the plan requires stakeholder input and public involvement. †Consultants, Greg Wilson and Tony Turner, will present a draft of the plan for review at the Aug. 7 meeting of the GEAB.
An election was conducted for a new board chairman. The nod went to Mark Baldwin, who accepted the position. Lee Moore will serve as Vice-Chairman.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a recommendation to the city council for participation in the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency Power Supply Resources study.

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