City may throw switch on source of electrical power |

City may throw switch on source of electrical power

An electrifying decision could be made Thursday by city leaders, altering the source of Glenwood’s power for years to come. The Glenwood Springs City Council is scheduled to consider three ordinances and one resolution Thursday to switch the city’s wholesale electricity supplier from Xcel Energy to the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska. “It’s a good, reliable power source,” city manager Mike Copp said. “Not that Xcel wasn’t a reliable source.”The Nebraska electricity agency, or MEAN, was chosen because its rates are lower than Xcel. “We sent out proposals for a 10-year term and MEAN submitted the best 10-year term,” said Glenwood Springs public works director Robin Millyard. Copp also said city electric consumers shouldn’t notice any difference in their service. The switch from Xcel to MEAN would happen Jan. 1, 2003. “That’s just part of the contract with Xcel,” he said.The city also gets some federally produced power from the Western Area Power Administration and a minuscule amount from local producers who feed their excess electricity back into the grid. But aside from that, the MEAN contract will be “all-inclusive.””That means we buy any energy from (MEAN) that we don’t get from WAPA and locally. The idea behind it is they know how much demand there is so they can schedule it accordingly,” Copp said. Also on the agenda:-Karolyn Spencer, unit manager for the Salvation Army service extension unit in Glenwood Springs, will ask City Council if the old City Hall can be used as the organization’s day shelter for the homeless after the building is vacated by city employees in August.”Our Salvation Army day center needs to move out of its present location because of the discomfort of the neighbors with our population,” Spencer wrote in a letter to Copp “Last week, the church that had agreed to take the day center decided against having us because their neighborhood doesn’t want us either,” she wrote.Her request is to use the municipal building from August 2002 until a new Salvation Army center is built at the Glenwood Meadows site, which is expected to be complete during the last half of 2003. “My principal concern is for next winter. This year we maintained 25 people through the winter who were living in tents and campers. Because of the economy, people did not leave town as they have in the past,” Spencer said.-City Council will also hear a status report on the progress of the plans for extending Eighth Street into the river confluence area.

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