Electric Utility Municipalization Project

Recent Updates

The Electrical Utility Municipalization Taskforce will have their third meeting on Friday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. to continue their review of the preliminary feasibility report drafted by D. Hittle & Associates. The draft report is available for download here

Meetings are open to members of the public to observe the discussion, but the Task Force will not be taking any public comment or testimony.

 

After the Task Force has completed its review of the preliminary draft report, D. Hittle & Associates will revise the report and present a final draft to the City Council. It is anticipated that the presentation to the City Council will occur in May, but a final date has not yet been determined. Additional public meetings will be held after the presentation to the City Council where public comment will be accepted.

On, July 12, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with D. Hittle & Associates, Inc., for the purpose of conducting an electric utility feasibility study, in an amount not to exceed $99,300. 

In October, the City sent a letter to Puget Sound Energy requesting information to help inform the feasibility study. In late October the City received this response from Puget Sound Energy.

Background


In 2014, Island Power, a non-profit organization on Bainbridge Island, initiated a community-wide discussion about how our electric power is provided, the source of our electric power and ownership of the electric utility serving Bainbridge Island. After receiving significant public input supporting further analysis and a ballot measure, the City Council directed the City Manager to prepare an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a feasibility study.

City Manager Schulze formed a citizen task force to assist with the development of the RFP. The Electric Municipalization Task Force consists of 15 Bainbridge Island residents who have backgrounds in electric utility services, finance, public utility law, and related fields. The Request for Proposals was published and the deadline for responses was Friday, April 15, 2016. A total of five responses to the RFP were received.

On April 26, 2016, the City Manager will brief the City Council on the RFP Responses and recommend a process for consultant selection. City Council award of a contract to a consultant for the feasibility study will be discussed at the July 12, 2016 Council Meeting. If the City Council decides to move forward with the feasibility study, the consultant will spend 3 – 4 months gathering data and preparing the study