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Council to consider energy conservation contract

The City of Ketchikan is one step closer to implementing an energy conservation program. The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday night and will review an item to move forward with a contract negotiation with an energy consulting firm.

For the past several weeks, the Energy Committee and the KPU Advisory Board has been interviewing firms. They recently selected CLEAResult of Portland, Oregon. If approved by the Council, city staff will review contract terms and conditions for an energy conservation program with CLEAResults.

The program will help KPU identify ways to reduce energy consumption, through efficiency programs and conservation measures. The study was called for because electrical energy use is growing, and the cost to generate diesel energy is more than electric customers typically pay.

Thursday night city council also will prepare to take requests for community agency funding for 2013.  Nonprofit agencies chosen will receive funding equal to 4 percent of the sales tax receipts from the past year. Grant applications will be available the week of October 8th.

City Manager Karl Amylon will not be present at Thursday night’s meeting. He reportedly suffered chest pains, and was flown to Seattle on Monday. Mayor Lew Williams III met with Amylon at the hospital here, and says Amylon was headed south to determine the cause and for testing.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council chambers. Public comment will be heard before the meeting.

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