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File #: 42844    Version: 1 Name: Exempting certain contracts with public utilities from the City's Affirmative action contract compliance requirements
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/5/2016 In control: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMMISSION
On agenda: 8/2/2016 Final action: 8/2/2016
Enactment date: 8/14/2016 Enactment #: ORD-16-00071
Title: Creating Section 39.02(9)(a)2.j. and amending Section 39.02(9)(c) of the Madison General Ordinances to exempt certain contracts with public utilities from the City’s affirmative action contract compliance requirements.
Sponsors: David Ahrens
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Title
Creating Section 39.02(9)(a)2.j. and amending Section 39.02(9)(c) of the Madison General Ordinances to exempt certain contracts with public utilities from the City’s affirmative action contract compliance requirements.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance would exempt specific types of agreements entered into by the City and public utilities from the City’s affirmative action contracting requirements. Interruptible electric service agreements are entered into by the City with the City’s electricity provider to allow the City to qualify for a reduced electricity rate at a specified City facility. In exchange for the lower rate, the City is subject to having the facility’s electricity supply interrupted, at which point the City’s backup power generator kicks in. These agreements allow for significant cost savings at numerous City facilities where back-up generators are required (wells, booster stations, lift stations, etc.). The terms of such agreements are approved by the Public Service Commission as part of the public utility’s rate case. The City does not receive any type of service from the public utility; rather we agree to have reduced electricity service in exchange for a cost savings on our electricity bill. One of the City’s electricity suppliers has recently indicated that will not agree to add the City’s affirmative action clauses to the interruptible service agreement because, among other things, in the Utility’s view our contract clauses are not required by the Public Service Commission. As a result, the City cannot enter into an agreement for a City facility, resulting in higher electricity costs than would otherwise be available. This ordinance would exempt such contracts from the City’s affirmative action clauses so that the City can obtain the reduced electricity rate at its facilities. Distributed generation interconnection agreements are also entered into between the City and the City’s electric ...

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