At the May 6th Gillette City Council Meeting the council will have consideration of a Combustion Turbine purchase and sale agreement between Black Hills Wyoming LLC and Consolidated Wyoming Municipalities Electric Power System Joint Powers Board. At last night's Gillette City Council workshop, Director of Utilities, Kendall Glover, lead a presentation on the proposed purchase. Glover said after months of due diligence, staff feels a purchase of the combustion turbine would be well advised.
“This is something that we are looking to the future that’s going to mitigate impending rate increases. I think that we are going to be in a very good position having WYGN 3 and CT 2 as a cost control measure that can minimize costs.”---Glover
City Councilman, Kevin McGrath brought up a concern about an engine oil leak. Representation from Black Hills said they are making certain that issue will be resolved. The engine has been shipped to Canada for repair, and will be monitored as it services Cheyenne customers later this summer.
“We will serve our customers loads of Cheyenne Fuel and Power in Cheyenne Wyoming with this unit over the course of the next several months until the closing date. So we have to rely on this engine for our summer peaking and we will make sure that this leak gets resolved.”
At tonight’s Gillette City Council Workshop council members will have a discussion on a possible Combustion Turbine purchase and sale agreement between Black Hills Wyoming LLC and Consolidated Wyoming Municipalities Electric Power System Joint Powers Board.
“The discussion tonight is to present the council our conclusion as a result of our due diligence process that we have been involved in.”---Napier
Administrator for the City of Gillette, Carter Napier said staff has been weighing the pros and cons for several months and they are prepared to make their recommendation to council.
“You know basically we are going to be making the recommendation that we think it is appropriate and beneficial to the community to move forward with the purchase of this Combustion Turbine Plant and this will be councils opportunity to ask final questions to help us double check our conclusions”
Official council consideration of the purchase could come as early as the May 6th Gillette City council Meeting.