PEOPLE'S UTILITY DISTRICT
Board of Directors and Lane County Commissioners Meeting
BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 10/28/2009
Jordan convened the meeting at 5:45 pm at the Emerald offices, 33733
Seavey Loop Road in Eugene.
Directors: Patti Chappel, Penny Jordan, Bruce Pilling, Katherine
Schacht, and Bill Tanner.
Pete Sorenson, Rob Handy, Faye Stewart and Bill Fleenor
County Staff: Jeff Spartz,
Patti Hansen, Dan Hurley, Andy Clark, Mike McKenzie-Barr, Marsha Miller,
Don Strunk, Stewart Bolinger, Chad Hoffman
Staff: Frank Lambe, Bill Wilson, Jim Theabolt, Coy Kratz, Pam
Hewitt, Hillary McBride, Tiffany Collier, and Jaime Cranmer.
Guests: Martin Hopkins, Peterson Power Systems; Gene Wong, DEQ
introduced the goal of today’s meeting as preliminary discussions
between Lane County and EPUD with possible long range planning for Short
Hurley gave a presentation on the vision for the Short Mountain Energy
Park. Five projects were
presented: upgrade of
landfill gas combustion engines, hydroponic greenhouse utilizing the
waste heat, solar array, anaerobic digester, leachate evaporation. A
group of Lane County staff and EPUD staff visited Burlington, PA, where
a park like this has been in existence for about three years.
commented that funding mechanisms were presented and asked how it would
be seen going forward between the two.
Lambe said that funding could be done with a private investor,
grants and incentives. Chappel
asked about the current wish list.
Hurley said the first issue would be to get the building moved
and the new engines installed. Also
on the same timeline is the solar.
The developer could get a cash grant for the solar installation. Hanson says they plan to prepare a packet for the County
Board for their consideration for Phase One, which is the building.
asked for more accurate and realistic numbers, sharing of the costs and
providing a breakdown of the costs.
Hanson responded that moving the building would be step one.
Hanson would come back to Board of Commissioners on the costs of the
EPUD relocation. Schacht asked about the large figures and why the costs
belong to EPUD. Lambe
responded that we need to look for an investor and that we need to look
for incentives and tax advantages to get the costs down.
If we can move the generators then we have to make a commitment
to upgrade. Stewart thanked everyone for the proposal and presentation.
Stewart asked if there was a market for the leachate, and Hurley
responded no. Stewart said he would really like to do this as a true
partnership, with equal benefits. Fleenor stated that this is a moment in time and we know we
have benefited from the EPUD and Lane County partnership.
He added that we are at a new starting point, allow creativity
and opportunity. Handy was glad that we are having the meeting and sees
a lot of opportunity and hopes to collaborate moving forward.
stated the current contract is 23 years old and needs updating.
Currently, there is no exit clause for the County and that is in
violation legally. Thinks that we need a new agreement and contract
asked what needs to be done to take advantage of this closing window.
Hurley stated that we need to move the building.
It was already planned in the contract that a move would be
needed. EPUD took risk, but
also took on management over the past twenty years.
It is a good partnership. Hurley
would like a Memorandum of Understanding signed to open up the contract
asked what can we do to jump start this moving forward.
Lambe suggests that we look at the contract and move forward,
does not want to set the expectation that we start over.
Schacht appreciates Lane County, and noted that EPUD has saved
the county money by burning the methane. There is a lot of goodwill from
EPUD. Fleenor stated the
contract was appropriate and would like to move forward and expand the
existing contract. Would
like to see that the risks and benefits are shared.
Chappel stated that we are showing we are interested and do want
to move forward. The EPUD Board has agreed to the MOU.
asked about the timeline. Wilson
would like to have the yes or no on the building by the end of this
month and generators running by the end of October 2010.
would like to form a committee of Lane County Waste Management staff,
EPUD staff, and legal to move forward. Fleenor suggested a couple of
elected officials should also be on the committee. Theabolt asked what
the annual estimate of value to the County would be without us out
there. Hurley stated two
full time employees, piping, and wells. Schacht said that the EPUD Board is fully
involved, with frequent progress reports on the project.
Stewart said that EPUD has been a leader in experimenting; he is
suggesting a partnership of the entire project, not just the electric
piece. Showcase a partnership of how we function and the cutting
edge of new technology.
said we are part of this County and this would be a great deal for the
community. Handy doesn’t want to miss an opportunity because there
is tax incentives now; hopes to move forward with timely energy.
Handy appreciated the meeting and had really been looking forward
to it. Hanson was glad to
get everyone together to get this rolling.
Board meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.
prepared by Jaime Cranmer, Acting Board Secretary.