UPDATE 8/6/16 My council person, Charlie Parker responded on the issue…
UPDATE…looks like in this example Mitchell county is not friendly to industrial infrastructures that should not be exposed to these elements…
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Robert Shepard <email@example.com>; Charlie Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Robert Rivera <email@example.com>; Lana Wolff <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Trey Yelverton <email@example.com>; Jim Parajon <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Michael Glaspie <email@example.com>; Kathryn Wilemon <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sheri Capehart <email@example.com>; Jeff Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Victoria Myers <email@example.com>; John Dugan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:33 AM
Subject: Levitt safety concerns and follow-up on if both deals still on table for electricity?
“The previous building (of natural gas fired power plants) boom was in the early 2000s, when Ohio utilities and private investors spent billions of dollars on new gas-fired plants. Some of those projects did not pan out for investors because of market factors that arose later in the decade, and some of the plants have changed hands several times in response to financial turmoil”.
UPDATE: Check out this video of sandstorm in Mitchell county…..could NOT be good for all those gaswell padsites and proposed gasplants….https://www.facebook.com/ktabtv/videos/10154123154936391/
UPDATE: The Arlington City Councils June 28 2016 day session included a presentation (that I did not see in the day session agenda notes) about how the city could have their own power plant built in west Texas to be fully integrated as both an energy manufacturer AND distributer. But surprisingly & thankfully during that night session we untabled the original plan and moved forward on a 7 or 9 yr contract to choose from one of three energy distribution companies. The last word in the day session was that MAYOR Williams wanted council to sit on it til August 2 because “…the opportunity is really big and I don’t want us to hear about some other city taking advantage of it.”
Thankfully my councilman responded to two of my emails on this subject of why we were walking away from owning a NG fired power plant….which is a smart thing to do especially given that speculating on the future price of natural gas is risky. We fracked everywhere and are over supplied and can easily replace supplies because we fracked so much and there are loans tied to production and so we should be over supplied for a while. Low energy prices make paying back the building of a power plant not a good investment.
From: Charlie Parker <Charlie.Parker@arlingtontx.gov>
To: kim feil <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, July 1, 2016 7:55 AM
Subject: Re: Q both deals still on table for electricity?
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On Jun 30, 2016, at 1:29 PM, kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thank you for your response….I’m getting questions as to why the city went with plan A (not build/own power plant)…some say so as to not cut into new ballpark slush funds?If you have additional info, please let us know, thanks.Di it have anything to do with Austin putting off the same idea for at least five years due to the cheap energy cost environment?Kim
It is my understanding that we are only pursuing the 7 & 9 yr deals.
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On Jun 30, 2016, at 8:21 AM, kim feil <email@example.com> wrote:Thanks for your comments in the day session.
Are we entertaining both: the 30 year build/own/distribute electricity from NG plant in Mitchell TX and the 7 or 9 yr contract to buy from one of three distributers?What else can you say about the two which seem to conflict with each other.
#Got #NaturalGAS? Mayor Jeff Williams said that this coming wave of cities selling electricity to its citizens and businesses is an opportunity he wants our town in on. We were targeted by a company, FGE Power, who builds natural gas power plants.
Arlington will have to create jobs with the task of selling “our” electricity. And since we have big customers like: GM, UTA, the not yet built Arlington LIVE complex, and the Entertainment District, maybe we won’t get stuck with unsold product? Listen here at the last half hour of the June 28 2016 day council session (click on Evening Agenda Items tab to jump to video portion)…...
Here is the link to the HUGE attachments for the evening agenda item from the 804 page document. This was labeled as tabled….but a motion to remove it from being tabled came from councilman Shepard and seconded by Wolff and then with no one wanting to discuss it (the day session presentation to be our own energy provider), the motion was passed unanimously to “Authorize the City Manager or his designee to negotiate and execute either a 7-year or 9-year contract for Electricity Supply for the City of Arlington” .
So what am I missing here? The day session discussion was to consider building our own power plant where the power would be available by end of 2018, but the evening vote was to enter into a 7 or 9 year contract to chose from a narrowed down list of companies that “distribute” electricity?
Does that mean council isn’t buying into a 30 year deal to own and distribute our own fracked gas power? Will they also still consider and continue contemplating on August 2?
FYI Austin put off this idea cause it wasn’t financially viable….originally it was great effort to stop this idea and folks are tickled it died (for now on its own in Austin).
We need to kick FGE to the curb. They need to go peddle their search for owners of their building gas plants elsewhere…. like on Mars.