Staff recommends approval of the resolution authorizing Staff to proceed with the Smart Grid Investment Grant application. Staff will provide Commission input to the projects proposed by staff to be included in subject application. Staff will provide Commission approval of the projects selected for inclusion in subject application, and certify by acceptance of an award that the “…infrastructure investment has received full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.” This certification is required by Section 1511 Certifications of the Recovery Act for funds made available to state or local governments for infrastructure investments.
Electric Department staff will present a project plan for utilization of funds that are appropriate for the City of Leesburg.
The overall purpose of the SGIG is to accelerate the modernization of the nation’s electric transmission and distribution systems and promote investments in smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques which increase flexibility, functionality, interoperability, cyber-security, situational awareness, and operational efficiency. The goals of the SGIG program involve accelerating progress toward a modern grid that provides the following characteristics applicable to the City of Leesburg that DOE believes define what a smart grid would accomplish:
The following is the proposed project abstract.
Leesburg Smart Grid Project Abstract
The City of Leesburg Electric Utility is taking the lead through an innovative Smart Grid initiative incorporating a broad scope of information and control technologies to support four goals: (1) empowering consumers, (2) rewarding conservation and energy efficiency, (3) improving reliability, and (4) expanding the use renewable energy, distributed generation, and alternative technologies.
This initiative will allow the utility to increase the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid, improve energy planning and grid control and offer new energy efficiency and conservation programs for all 23,000 electric customers served by the City of Leesburg.
Topic Areas in the Project Plan include Equipment, Customer Systems, AMI, and Electric Distribution Systems.
Technologies included in the two-year term of this initial project include the enabling Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Meter Data Management Systems; Home Area Networks and Energy Management Systems for municipal buildings; Distributed Generation; Integrated Volt/Var control; Outage Management and communicating Faulted Circuit Indicators, together providing smart grid functionality to customer-side applications, the electric distribution systems, building systems, advanced metering, appliances, and equipment.
The Smart Grid Business Plan focuses on a broadly comprehensive Customer Education and Communication Plan.
Key initiatives enabled by the technology components include time differentiated rates and Demand Response control options for peak load reduction and efficiency.
The Smart Grid communications network will be equipped with a robust cyber security platform designed to meet current and future FERC/NERC cyber security standards even though Leesburg is not currently governed by FERC/NERC CIP compliance standards.
The initial Smart Grid technologies were selected because they provide real benefits, support further technology deployment, and engage employees and customers early in the process.
Deployment will be from November 2009 through September 2011.
1. Provide guidance and direction to Electric Department staff; or,
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
To be determined based on project selection.
Department: _Electric Department_______
Prepared by: _Sabrina Hubbell________
Attachments: Yes____ No _X_____
Advertised: ____Not Required _X_____
Attorney Review : Yes___ No ____
Reviewed by: Dept. Head _Paul Kalv_
Finance Dept. _________JB________
Deputy C.M. ___________________
City Manager ___________________
Account No. _________________
Project No. ___________________
WF No. ______________________
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING STAFF TO PROCEED WITH THE SMART GRID INVESTMENT GRANT (SGIG) APPLICATION; APPROVES THE PROJECTS SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) SMART GRID INVESTMENT GRANT APPLICATION; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the City Commission hereby authorizes Staff to proceed with the Smart Grid Investment grant application and approves the projects selected for inclusion in the ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grant application and certifies by acceptance of an award that the infrastructure investment has received full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. This certification is required by Section 1511 Certifications of the Recovery Act for funds made available to state or local governments for infrastructure investments.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the __27th___ day of __July___ 2009.