Indy Energy Forum: Oct. 27 at 10 am
There will be an Indy Energy forum on Sat., Oct. 27th at 10 am at the North Independence Public Library. Various topics will be covered including battery storage, electrical vehicles and advanced metering initiative which the City Council appears close to taking up again. More details.
The City Council settled on purchasing 10 electric vehicles for use by city staff, primarily by staff working in the city’s Community Development department. The city will borrow funds from Independence Power and Light to make the purchase and will pay the money with interest. The City Council did not address the issue of electric charging stations.
Master Energy Plan
The City Council also appears reading to take action on recommendations included in a recent master energy plan. Almost every energy option recommended retiring the city-owned and operated 98 MW Blue Valley generating plant located on Truman Road.
Options to replace the lost generating capacity including retaining existing combustion turbines and increasing the city’s ownership interest in the natural gas Dogwood Plant located in Pleasant Hill. Blue Valley generated less than 2% of the city’s total energy needs in 2016.
The Public Utilities Advisory Board (PUAB) has endorsed getting Requests for Proposals for replacement power.