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Subject:   City Light Begins Resource Plan
For Immediate Release:   
10/28/2005  9:00:00 AM
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City Light Begins Resource Plan

Seattle City Light has started a planning process to determine what its portfolio of electric resources may look like in twenty years.

The process is called an Integrated Resource Plan, a comprehensive tool that provides strategic guidance for future decisions about the acquisition of electric resources by the utility. As part of the process, City Light is seeking significant input from members of the public. The process is expected to be completed during 2006.

The plan will consider the future electricity needs of City Light's customers and the various mixes of new resources that can fill those requirements. It will analyze the risks and benefits of new power resources, including conservation, renewable resources, traditional power plants, and long-term power supply contracts.

This planning process takes place in an atmosphere of ongoing change within the electricity industry - regulatory change, a hastening of technical change and new approaches to governance of utilities and groups of utilities.

"Reducing our risks while providing stable, affordable energy to our customers is our goal as we consider all the options for assembling and distributing power in the future," said Jorge Carrasco, City Light's superintendent.

Carrasco said that City Light will not need to acquire large amounts of new power supplies for the next several years, as the utility's existing portfolio of resources is surplus even under very dry hydroelectric conditions. He said that the plan would address strategies to keep City Light's portfolio of resources cost-effective while avoiding unacceptable risks.

Integrated Resource Plans were commonplace among Northwest utilities before momentum toward deregulation began to build in the 1990s. Now that competitive power markets have proven to be less stable than previously expected, utilities are again embracing this planning technique.

City Light is offering several different opportunities for public involvement. The utility has assembled a stakeholder group (attached) of its customers and utility industry experts to participate in the planning process. In addition, the utility will hold several public meetings beginning with one on November 14. The meeting will be held in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and will include a hearing under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act.

Information about future meetings and access to information and analysis being considered by the utility is available on City Light's web site, www.seattle.gov/light. The Integrated Resources Plan link will be on the left side of the page.

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