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Posted on: November 29, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Committee will continue electric services study Monday

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The fourth meeting of a steering committee that will make recommendations on how best to cost-effectively serve Danville’s electric customers will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the City Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building.

The meeting is open to the public. It also will be taped for later broadcast on River City TV.

Monday’s agenda includes a briefing on a scheduled independent review of the city’s electric utility management and operations. The city has hired Hometown Connections to conduct the review, which will begin next week. The utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, Hometown Connections maintains expertise in the energy industry and municipal governance.

When complete, the company will issue a report detailing its analysis of the electric utility’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The committee consists of three members from the Danville Utility Commission – Bill Donohue, Phillip Smith and Jim Turpin – and three members of City Council – John Gilstrap, Gary Miller and Fred Shanks. Smith will chair the committee. The committee will meet the first and third Mondays of each month through February.

Recommendations will be provided to the full City Council on short- and long-term actions to reliably deliver electricity at competitive rates to all customer classes over the long term. The recommendations could involve adjusting service boundaries, offering customer choice of power suppliers, modifying rate structures, expanding privatization of operations, installing electric power generation facilities locally, using a combination of these and other measures, or selling the electric utility.

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