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FELPS to begin supplier talks
Wilson County NewsMay 2, 2012 | 1,442 views | 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- In an effort to keep electricity affordable for its customers, the board of trustees for the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) is looking at the future of its purchased-power arrangement. The board met in closed session April 25 with consultant Steve Moffitt of Schneider Engineering.
Because FELPS has no generating capacity of its own, it must purchase electricity on the wholesale market. Since the utility’s beginnings in 1942, FELPS has purchased its electricity from San Antonio-based CPS Energy. Since this contract ends in 2015, the board sought proposals from 30 electrical companies serving the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas’ coverage area. FELPS General Manager David McMillan said 14 companies replied.
When the board reconvened in open session, it voted to continue negotiations with five companies -- Columbus, Ohio-based AEP Energy Partners, Bryan Texas Utilities, CPS Energy, Baltimore-based Constellation Energy, and Garland (Texas) Power And Light.
“The idea being to develop a contract for wholesale power for 2015 and beyond, with one or more companies that will provide FELPS with economical and reliable power for our customers,” McMillan said after the meeting.
Also related to purchased power, FELPS customers will see a credit of 55 cents per 1,000 kilowatt-hours reflected on bills mailed April 25.
“This was due to mild weather, low natural gas costs, and the dispatching of most economical generation in CPS Energy’s generation fleet,” McMillan said.
The board also convened in a second closed session to discuss management salaries. When they reconvened, McMillan said the board members authorized Assistant General Manager Kyle Dicke and him to develop a job classification, wage and salary, and organization plan for FELPS. Upon completion of these directives, the two will report back to the board.
In attendance: FELPS General Manager David McMillan, Assistant General Manager Kyle Dicke, Manager of Financial Services Marcy Jacobs, and board members Vernon Lambeck, Marlin Tanneberger, Ignacio Vasquez, Larry Stavinoha, Pat Pollock, Ronnie Bohmann, and Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada.
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