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Phases 2 and 3 Capacity Planning:
Analysis of Industry Practices and Recommendations

Seattle City Light ("City Light") has just completed Phase 1 of a Capacity Planning investigation into the best practices of other similar utilities. The purpose of Phase 1 of the project was to document transmission and distribution (T&D) capacity planning methods and best practices including:

  • T&D capacity planning processes within the utility at various organizational levels
  • Determinations of customer needs and load requirements, and
  • Engineering design and operating criteria, and
  • T&D Capacity cost risk and cost recovery methods.

During Phase 2 and Phase 3 of this study, the data and practices collected in Phase 1, will be used to develop a framework for structuring the T&D Capacity Plan, investigate the impacts of adopting selected industry practices that differ from current City Light practices and the impacts of adopting selected new technologies.

The duration of this study is limited to the end of 2003 in order to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations for the next budget and planning cycle.

Minimum Qualifications of Proposers Staff

Staff submitted shall not be substituted unless otherwise approved by the Deputy Superintendent of Distribution Planning at Seattle City Light in writing.


  • The Principle(s) shall have no less than 5 years experience in a utility performing System Planning and / or Load Forecasting studies and/or rates and financial planning.
  • The Principle(s) shall have no less than 10 years of industry experience.
  • A Principle shall show experience with Small Area Forecasts.
  • A Principle shall show experience with Project prioritization processes.
  • The Principle shall be a licensed Professional Engineer.

Project Manager

The Project Manager shall have no less than 7 years experience performing various project studies related to power utilities.

The term of the contract shall extend from the date of execution by the Superintendent of Seattle City Light, or designee, through June 30, 2004. City Light has not identified a budget for this project and City Light, may at its option, amend the original contract for scope, time, and funding, subject to the continuing appropriation authority by the Seattle City Council.

Copies of the Request for Qualifications or Proposals and any other additional information may be obtained from Patti Shimomura, telephone number (206) 684-3051. Qualifications must be delivered by 5:00pm on Friday, September 5, 2003, to the address below:

Seattle City Light
Transmission & Distribution Planning Division
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3300
Seattle, WA 98104-5031
Attention: Patti Shimomura (KT 3616)

The City’s proposed schedule are as follows:

City Light intends the selection process to proceed as outlined below; however, it reserves the right to modify the dates herein if necessary.



Release RFQ

August 19, 2003

Last day for Clarification

August 27, 2003

Addendum/Clarification Issued

August 28, 2003

Qualifications due

September 5, 2003

Finalists Notified

September 15, 2003

Interview Finalists

September 22-26, 2003

Apparent Consultant Selected

September 29, 2003

Contract Negotiations Initiated

September 29, 2003

Contract Negotiations Completed

October 6, 2003

Contract Executed

October 8, 2003

The contract that is awarded as a result of this RFQ will be awarded in a manner that will comply with all applicable laws of the United States, State of Washington, the City Charter, and Ordinances of the City of Seattle.

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