City officials in San Marcos have set a public meeting for March 29 to discuss and receive input related to a proposed power supply contract extension with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
The meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 29 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street.
Residents have expressed concerns that the contract is not being made public. A proposed city council resolution supporting the contract said the agreement “is exempt from public disclosure and shall not be released or otherwise made public” because disclosure would provide advantage to competitors or prospective competitors of the San Marcos Electric Utility (SMEU).
The city council tabled the contract earlier this week after citizens raised concerns about transparency.
The proposed contract allows the city to purchase up to 35 percent of its power from other sources. The present contract with LCRA only enables the city to purchase 10 percent of its power from other sources.
City officials say the proposal emphasizes future renewable resources and environmental stewardship, includes incentives for peak demand reduction and conservation programs, and supports smart grid technology
The city’s present agreement with the LCRA expires on June 25, 2016. However, the city is required to make a deal by June 25, 2011, if it wishes to extend the contract.
Lead time for the extension is required in the contract to allow adequate resource planning time for future LCRA generation facilities. The extension of the current power supply contract would provide for LCRA to deliver electricity to San Marcos until 2041.
City and LCRA staff will be on hand to respond to questions and offer information on the proposed power supply contract.
LCRA has provided electric service to the City of San Marcos since 1939. The city purchased the electric distribution system from LCRA in 1986 and assumed full operational duties in 1991. The city claims to have among the lowest rates for retail electric service in the Texas.Email | Print