Electric Utility Municipalization Project

Recent Updates

On Tuesday, June 6, during their regularly scheduled business meeting the City Council will view a presentation from D. Hittle & Associates, Inc. regarding the final electrical utility feasibility report. At this meeting Puget Sound Energy and Island Power will also have the opportunity to speak to the Council about the content of the final report.

 

The City Council will not be taking action on the electrical utility municipalilzation question, or accepting public comment on this topic, during their meeting on June 6. During the June 13, City Council meeting the Council will be accepting public comment on the electrical utility municipalization question. Comments can also be providing in writing at City Hall, or via email to council@bainbridgewa.gov.

 

The final electrical utility report can be downloaded here.

If you'd like to receive email updates regarding this topic, visit the City website Notify Me page and select Electric Utility Municipalization.


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

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.