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Deadline for feedback on electric transmission line project extended

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  • Hank Ottinger
    Neighbors: Here s a forward from the city that may be of interest. Although this project occurs nearby, it will affect all ratepayers in various ways,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2013
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      Neighbors:

      Here's a forward from the city that may be of interest.  Although this project occurs nearby, it will affect all ratepayers in various ways, depending on which alternative is chosen.  The undergrounding of these power lines which is preferred by many who live in the area of the project would raise all monthly rates significantly.  

      Thanks for your attention,

      Hank Ottinger, President
      Historic Old Southwest Neighborhood Association

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      From: Bill Cantin <bpcantin@...>
      Subject: Fwd: [Press Release] : FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Deadline for feedback on electric transmission line project extended
      Date: January 3, 2013 10:48:46 AM CST
      To: Bill Cantin <bpcantin@...>

      FYI.

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      From: Press Releases <pr-l@...>
      Date: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM
      Subject: [Press Release] : FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Deadline for feedback on electric transmission line project extended
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Contact: Columbia Water & Light
      Connie Kacprowicz, Communications & Marketing Supervisor
      573) 874-7325
      CSK@...


      Deadline for feedback on electric transmission line project extended

      COLUMBIA, MO (January 3, 2013) - The community has another month to give their opinions about Columbia Water & Light's proposed electric transmission line project. After the public meeting on November 13, 2012 to review the project, an online survey was made available but only 107 people had responded before the end of year deadline. Feedback is being solicited on which route is most acceptable and whether the lines should be placed overhead or underground. Since only 0.2% of the customer base has given feedback, the utility felt it was important to extend the deadline for comments to February 1, 2013. A letter to all the electric customers is being mailed this week to raise awareness of the project.

       

      An online questionnaire about the electric transmission line project is available at http://tinyurl.com/columbiaelectric. For those that do not have access to a computer, a paper form can be requested by calling 573-874-7325. The feedback form is being limited to one per household. The public's views will be forwarded to the Columbia City Council before the decision is made on the final transmission line route.

       

      Transmission lines in the southern part of the city are being built to reliably deliver electricity to this area and meet federal standards. Transmission lines move energy from where it is generated to substations, which lower the voltage for distribution lines to carry the power to homes and businesses. This project involves adding transmission lines to connect the new Millcreek substation on Peach Court with existing substations. After gathering input from those living in the area, preferred routes for both Option A and Option B have been determined. In addition, another option referred to as B-2, runs a section of transmission lines along existing city property that is parallel to a section of the MKT and Katy trail.

                                      

      The history of this project along with maps showing the preferred routes for each of the options can be found online at: www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Electric/ProposedElectricTransmission.php

      Advantages and disadvantages of each option, cost estimates of the project and the potential rate impact of installing overhead versus underground lines can be found in the presentation slides from the November public meeting. Construction costs for building overhead lines could increase electric rates for Columbia by 1.2% to 1.5%. Constructing the transmission lines underground could raise rates by 8.9% to 11.5%. Both of these scenarios were based on using voter approved bond funds which are the lowest cost financing option. These estimates do not include easement acquisition. 

       

      A copy of the letter to the customers is attached. 


      This release has the following attachments:

      http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/CMS/pressreleases/downloadfile.php?id=211



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      City of Columbia Department of Community Development
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