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AMP-OH contract and CPP's Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard

Stefanie Spear  |  01/21/08 @ 12:07pm

On Wednesday, January 16, I testified at the Cleveland City Council Public Utilities Committee's PURPA Hearing. More than 16 people testified, asking Cleveland City Council Public Utilities Committee to cancel, or at the very least, delay their vote on whether or not to allow Cleveland Public Power (CPP) to sign a 50 year contract to buy power from the American Municipal Power of Ohio's (AMP-OH) proposed 1,000-megawatt conventional pulverized coal powered plant to be located in Letart Falls in Meigs County Ohio. The deadline for Council to decide is March 1, 2008. The next time for the public to comment in front of Council is set for Friday, February 22.

The Jan. 16 meeting started at 1:30 p.m. and ended at 6:30 p.m. A much longer meeting than anyone expected. The entire meeting was extremely interesting and I learned a lot. It is important to note that though the AMP-OH issue was at the forefront of everyone's mind, the just as important issue concerning CPP's Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard was discussed at length. Council members of the Cleveland City Council Public Utilities Committee (Matt Zone, Zachary Reed, Phyllis Cleveland, Brian Cummins, Martin Keane, Kevin Kelley, Michael Polensek, Joe Santiago and Jay Westbrook), the Acting Director of the Department of Public Utilities Barry Withers; CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson; Program Director for the Sustainability Program at the Department of Public Utilities Andrew Watterson; Energy Manager for the Sustainability Program at the Department of Public Utilities Bill Eger and everyone else who was in attendance at the meeting were invited to participate in the upcoming Midtown Brews event February 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m to take place at Insivia Technologies, 1900 Superior Avenue, Suite 105 in Cleveland. For more information concerning this event, see the attached flyer or check out the gcbl calendar page.

If anyone is interested in these issues and wants to join our weekly meeting on these topics, please give me a call at 216-387-0619 or email me at spear@earthwatchohio.org. There is a lot of work to be done before the next public hearing on February 22.

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