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FELPS continues talks with three potential suppliers
Wilson County NewsAugust 1, 2012 | 1,200 views | 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- Negotiations between the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) and potential wholesale electricity suppliers are ongoing. FELPS’ Assistant General Manager Kyle Dicke said during the July 25 board meeting that the utility is obtaining revised natural gas generation pricing from CPS Energy, Bryan Texas Utilities, and Garland Power & Light.
In addition, he said CPS has agreed to give FELPS an additional 30 days on a deadline by which FELPS must decide whether to continue its relationship with the San Antonio-based utility. Now, FELPS will have until Nov. 30 to notify CPS whether it will continue receiving electricity from them. The two companies have had a wholesale power relationship since FELPS was formed in 1942.
Dicke said that since FELPS’ monthly board meetings usually are held on the last Wednesday of every month, the board stood the risk of having its meeting on Oct. 31. This would not have allowed sufficient time to notify CPS if the board should choose to sever the longstanding agreement.
“This is a 10-year [contract],” Dicke said. “It’s not something we want to take lightly.”
Talks also are ongoing with Guadalupe Valley Electrical Cooperative, which is considering a buyout of FELPS’ Internet system. FELPS currently services 393 customers with its felpsis.net Internet services, including 105 wireless accounts. No further information has been made public at this time.
In other business, Dicke informed the board that FELPS’ compensation and classification study is ongoing. Requests have been sent to 14 different Texas-based electrical utilities, seeking information related to compensation and job descriptions for their workers.
FELPS also is considering the purchase of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or SCADA, system. The system would provide an electronic link to all four of the utility’s substations, allowing them to be monitored from one location. Dicke said he anticipates that management will seek board approval to purchase a system within the next few months.
Also during the meeting, FELPS General Manager David McMillan informed the board that the system’s electricity customers will see a $25.99 per 1,000 kilowatt-hour charge for purchased power reflected on bills mailed July 26.
Following the meeting, McMillan said bills mailed in July reflect May’s electricity usage. He estimates that residential, all-electric customers used an average of 1,200-1,300 kilowatt-hours of electricity during that period.
Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) board of trustees July 25 meeting
In attendance: Board members Ronnie Bohmann, Vernon Lambeck, Pat Pollock, Marlin Tanneberger, Joe Toscano, Larry Stavinoha, and Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada; FELPS General Manager David McMillan, Assistant General Manager Kyle Dicke, and Director of Financial Services Marcy Jacobs.
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