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Fremont Center deal OK'd by Wapak Council

June 8, 2011

Councilor-at-large Steve Walter

The city’s electrical power portfolio will include electricity from the Fremont Energy Center, but at a level far less than requested by American Municipal Power (AMP) executives.
Wapakoneta City Council members approved Monday an ordinance for the city to participate at a level of 3 megawatts, less than the 17 megawatts suggested by AMP officials. Councilors made the decision based on a recommendation from their energy consultant John Courtney, of Courtney & Associates.
“There was a list of items and terms and conditions Courtney was not satisfied with and there were items our attorney in Washington, D.C. was not satisfied with and those have been resolved,” Councilor-at-large and Utilities Committee Chair Steve Walter said after Monday’s meeting. “Courtney recommended we purchase 3,000 kilowatts, or 3 megawatts.
“He recommended this level because it was small enough if it does not come to fruition it doesn’t hurt us and it is a welcomed part to our portfolio,” he said. “The current sitting committee’s goal is diversification. It gives us some power and helps us spread out the risk.”
The Fremont Energy Center is a natural gas-
fueled power plant which provides intermediate power. Intermediate power is typically power provided between the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday when plants and businesses are running at their highest capacity.
At an earlier meeting, Courtney explained base power is provided 24 hours, seven days a week and peaking power is power provided when demand spikes, with intermediate power part of the demand above the base load but which is fairly consistent throughout the week.
Councilors unanimously voted in favor of purchasing the 3 megawatts of power. The city typically consumes 30 megawatts of power during the day, with peak demand climbing to near 40 megawatts.

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