Berea Utility Advisory Board
Agenda for February 28, 2011, 7:30-9:00 am
Conference Room in the BMU Building

 1.   Quick updates and reports:

  • KMUA meeting report (EE Committee, street lights, EE circuit rider, . . .) – Ed
  • Street light policies
  • KMUA
  • Anything written for Berea subdivisions
  • How to get Bluegrass Energy policy, if one exists?
  • Moving forward on inverted rates study
  • Solar Farm:  how will class 3 leasers by credited?

 2.   Questions about EE Subcommittee meeting notes from 2/14/12?

 3.   Any next steps for BUAB from Michael’s introduction to water & sewer issues?

  • Questions about the BMU budget?
  • Questions about Southern Madison Water District:
  • What constrains their growth in water demand?
  • What is the nature of our Berea’s relationship/obligation to them?
  • Should they help pay for expanding Berea’s water supply?
  • On water side, tap fee setups
  • On wastewater, pretreatment and grease trap policies
  • Introduction to additional policy issues – Ed

 4.   Report on progress in arranging for discussion with ESCOs to explore feasibility/desirability of Berea entering into a performance contract for all or some part of City facilities.  Are ESCOs interested?  If so, what data should they have before we meet with them? – Josh

 5.   Discuss draft of revised net metering ordinance

 6.   Discuss BUAB need for access to documents (e.g., KU contract, documents Southern Madison Water District relationship with Berea, KU demand interval data, Prime Group data underlying their reports)

 7.   Next meeting BUAB March 27 & EE Subcommittee March 13?  Other/new business?

Notes for Energy Efficiency Subcommittee
February 14, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30

Present:  Josh Bills, Steve Boyce, Ed Fortner, Randy Stone

1.  Spent first part of the meeting on an off-agenda topic:  examining on-bill financing through a pilot project with MACED’s How$martKY.  Good conversation.  Identified several questions that would need to be answered as part of any consideration of on bill financing at BMU.

  • How would we decide how many customers to target with How$martKY over a two year pilot?
  • Would there be income qualifications?  Who can participate?
  • What if payback from participating customers does not come through?  What risk?
  • To what extent would it count against City’s indebtedness?
  • Would commercial customers be able to participate?
  • Could student interns be used to help identify promising potential participants?
  • If we were to go beyond the two-year pilot with MACED, where would the capital come from?

In a 2/8/12 presentation to Berea’s Economic Development EE Workgroup, MACED expressed quite a bit of new flexibility in how it might work with BMU in a two-year pilot.  The new flexibility is based in part on what they have learned in working with the four distribution co-ops.  Three possibilities they mentioned:

  • turnkey arrangement in which they administer the program for a fee
  • MACED functions as note holder only
  • MACED runs the programs, does audits for a fee, holds note and has lien on property while BMU does front end usage screening, post retrofit billing and bill shut off for non-payers.

Take away:  MACED’s apparent flexibility suggests that a good approach for BMU would be to think how to structure a program we believe would fit Berea well for the purpose of participating in a two year pilot aimed at determining whether or not it’s a good idea for BMU to establish an on bill financing program of its own.  If we propose what looks good to us in the way of a two-year pilot, there’s a good chance MACED would be willing.  MACED has said that due to capacity constraints, they establish a pilot with BMU before January, 2013.

1.  BUAB’s role in proposing revisions in net metering ordinance:  Two problems identified with current net metering ordinance:

  • Complexity of billing for systems larger than 10 kW
  • If Solar Farm customers are counted as net metering accounts, we exceed to maximum number of 25 net metering customers the current ordinance allows.

Question:  Should Solar Farm leasers be regarded as net metering customers?  What did United Power do with their Solar Farm leasers?

BUAB’s EE subcommittee will “take a stab” at providing a draft of revised Net Metering Ordinance for Berea.

1.   How to move forward on getting inverted revenue neutral rate information from Prime Group or elsewhere?

 

Randy will talk with former Prime Group people this later week to explore that direction.  Steve will look into the possibility of getting a Berea College student intern.  To be continued.

1.  Should EE Committee or possibly BUAB as a whole arrange an exploratory meeting with one or two ESCO companies to learn more about the feasibility/desirability of Berea entering into a performance contract (energy savings contract) for City facilities as a whole?

 

There was agreement that for the purpose of learning about this possibility it would be good to meet with one or more ESCOs if any are, in fact, interested.  Josh will identify a list of ESCOs, talk with one or two in a preliminary way to see if they are interested in meeting with us.  If there’s interest, we will then get relevant data to them and make arrangements for one or more meetings.

1.  How to move forward on street lights policy work?

Ed will get any available KMUA policies.  Steve will try to locate street light policies from other utilities, including Blue Grass Energy.  Can we find the policy applying to Berea subdivisions?

1.  One quick off-agenda discussion to end:  Ed agreed to see if we have or can get demand interval data from KU.  This will help us in thinking about the potential for City demand management (E.g., what, if any, energy efficiency programs we might want to target in an effort to cut down on the kW portion of Berea’s monthly bill to KU)