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August 6, 2012

City Council approves electric generation analysis

Blankenship asks council to update system

STILLWATER, Okla. — Some of Stillwater’s electricity generators may need to be replaced, according to Stillwater Utilities Authority Director Dan Blankenship.

He asked the council to approve updating the city’s existing electricity generators during Monday’s city council meeting.

Stillwater purchases wholesale electricity from the Grand River Dam Authority and then sells the power to residents through the Stillwater Utilities Authority. The SUA runs and operates electric energy resources, said Blankenship.

Blankenship said the city’s relationship with the GRDA could become a partnership if the generators are updated, along with increased reliability and the ability to purchase wholesale power at a reduced cost.

The city’s contract with GRDA would also be updated to “wholesale contract status.”

Before the changes can be put into place, an electric generation resource feasibility analysis must be performed. Blankenship said the study will look at remaining resources or current generators, and analyze Stillwater’s population’s needs.

Blankenship asked the council for the authority to execute a work order for the study and expenditures up to $31,350 for the analysis.

The council unanimously agreed.

The next meeting of the SUA is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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