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Friday, March 22, 2019

March 26, 2019 EPB Regular Meeting





REVISED REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
GLASGOW ELECTRIC PLANT BOARD
MARCH 26, 2019, 6:00 PM
 



1. CONSIDER ADOPTING ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER - Newly Revised 11th Edition as the          Board Rules of Order

2. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF AGENDA


3. CONSIDER REPLACEMENT OF BOARD COUNSEL


4. CONSIDER ALLEGATION AND REMEDIES REGARDING OPEN MEETINGS                    VIOLATION(S) CHARGE BY MELINDA OVERSTREET AND GDT


5. CONSIDER ACTION RELATIVE TO DEFAMATORY ARTICLE IN BARREN COUNTY PROGRESS


6. CONSIDER PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS


7. REPORTS

A. COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON EPB RATE DESIGN HISTORY AND FINDINGS

B. BOND ISSUANCE CLOSING

C. EMAIL SERVER ATTACKS


8. ADJOURN




MEMORANDUM
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                               
                                                                                     
TO:                       Members of Glasgow Electric Plant Board                 
                                                                                               
FROM:                  William J. Ray, PE                 
                                                                                               
DATE:                  3/21/2019    
                                                                                                                  
SUBJECT:            Board Meeting Information                                          


                                     
March Main Topics

Ø  Peak prediction missed due to missing a peak on February 1 that was not eclipsed during the rest of the month
Ø  Consider formal open meetings violation complaint by Melinda Overstreet
Ø  Receive comprehensive report on the five-year history of EPB rate design decisions
Ø  Consider options regarding defamatory article in Barren County Progress
Ø  Consider Programming Committee appointments
Ø  Reports



Action Items
March 1 FCA
Ø  The April 2019 TVA FCA will decrease to 1.680 cents per kWh. This is the third consecutive small decrease in the FCA. These decreases are afforded by the copious rainfall over the last few months, which is allowing TVA to make more low-cost power from hydroelectric facilities.  
Ø  On April 1, the energy component of our retail rates will adjust to reflect this anticipated decrease to the wholesale cost of energy.
        
Respond to Open Meetings Complaint by Melinda Overstreet
Ø  This is the matter that was not acted upon at the last meeting.
Ø  Melinda agreed to extend the time allotted for a response to an Open Meetings complaint, to this meeting. Since another grace period is unlikely to be granted, this matter should be addressed at this meeting.

Presentation of the history of data and board decisions that led to EPB retail electric rate changes 2014-2019
Ø  This discussion will be led by William Ray and other members of the EPB staff. It will be a comprehensive review of how previous boards received reports on EPB trends and challenges, and how they reacted to that data to transform retail electric rates.
Ø  Completion of the report will be dependent upon the questions and concerns raised by the board. This item might carry forward into future meetings.

Consideration of possible Board actions relative to recent article regarding electric rates in Barren County Progress
Ø  Several outrageous and inaccurate claims about EPB electric rates as they compare to Kentucky Utilities Company, and to statewide averages, were made at the top of the front page of the March 14, 2019 edition.
Ø  The EPB team dropped what we were doing and set out to research the claims made and the conclusions reached, relative to rates, in the article. We discovered that the website used for most of the data was more than five years out of date, and that all the conclusions reached in the article were wrong by very wide margins.
Ø  A copy of a letter to Jeff Jobe is included in board package. It points out the errors, and the damage done to EPB through his defamatory statements.
Ø  Jobe’s response is also attached.  Until we see how his story, referenced in the letter, is written, we do not know if he is retracting his previous false and defamatory statements. He makes, yet again, a request for a report that is vague and impossible to interpret, but we may make some guesses at what he might be attempting to ask for; and provide that.
Ø  At the meeting we may, or may not, have sufficient understanding of his response to our demand, such that you can determine a course of action.


Cable Television Programming Committee Appointments
Ø  The Programming Committee acts independently of EPB to consider what programming is appropriate for the EPB Cable Television system. The committee makes these determinations and recommends same to the EPB.
Ø  The committee was purposely created to isolate EPB from any potential violation relative to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ø  The committee consists of six members, with staggered terms, in addition to the Superintendent, who acts as Chairperson and liaison between the committee and EPB.
Ø  The terms of Mary Genice Burchett-Bower and Karl Napier expired at the end of 2018. Ms. Burchett-Bower has served two terms and Mr. Napier has served one term.
Ø  Action on this item is needed this month.  


 Reports
Ø  Information on recent, and ongoing hacking attacks on the Glasgow-ky.com mail server, and information relative to the bond closings on March 5, will be provided at the meeting.


Conclusion


Please let me know if you have any questions before the meeting. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Coincident Peak Notice


E.P.B. Electric Customers on the Variable Price Rate- We predict the POSSIBILITY for February's peak electric demand to occur on Tuesday, February 19th between 7am - 1pm. This is only a prediction based upon our best guess as to what the combination of all customers in Glasgow will demand from T.V.A. This is our forecast which is provided as a convenience for E.P.B. customers who wish to receive forecasts. You will be billed for your contribution to the peak hour which falls within one of our predicted periods only. If you want to move to a fixed energy rate without coincident peak demand charges, please contact us at 270-651-8341
Saturday, February 16, 2019

February 19, Special EPB Meeting (Updated 2.18.19)



SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
GLASGOW ELECTRIC PLANT BOARD 
FEBRUARY 19, 2019, 6:00 PM, EPB BOARD ROOM



1. SWEAR IN NEW BOARD MEMBERS


2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING


3. ALLEGATION FROM NEWS OUTLET OF OPEN MEETINGS VIOLATION(S) AND PROPOSED REMEDIES

4. ELECT OFFICERS


5. CONSIDER CLOSED SESSION DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF RECENT BOARD PLANS RELATIVE TO BOND SALE JUST COMPLETED (LED BY BOND COUNSEL)


6. CONSIDER BUILDING HVAC UPGRADE BIDS


7. CONSIDER INTERNET BANDWIDTH RATE CHANGE


8. PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS


9. CONSIDER TERMINATION and REPLACEMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT 


10. CONSIDER TERMINATION and REPLACEMENT OF BOARD COUNSEL

11. ADJOURN




MEMORANDUM
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                               
                                                                                     
TO:                       Members of Glasgow Electric Plant Board                 
                                                                                               
FROM:                  William J. Ray, PE                 
                                                                                               
DATE:                  2/14/2019    
                                                                                                                  
SUBJECT:            Board Meeting Information                                          


                                     
February Main Topics

Ø  Peak prediction missed due to running out of the four allotted days
Ø  Discussion about stated plans of a majority of EPB members vs. the bond issues about to be closed
Ø  Discuss bids for HVAC upgrades
Ø  Consider reduced bandwidth cost for bulk internet customers
Ø  Consider Programming Committee appointments
Ø  Consider termination of Superintendent’s employment
Ø  Consider termination of Jeff Herbert at EPB counsel of record



Action Items
March 1 FCA
Ø  The March 2019 TVA FCA will decrease to 1.776 cents per kWh. This is the second consecutive small decrease in the FCA, but the decreases are smaller than anticipated. TVA states the reason is the cold December, which caused them to purchase a lot more fuel and energy from neighbors.
Ø  On March 1, the energy component of our retail rates will adjust to reflect this anticipated decrease to the wholesale cost of energy.
        
Discussion of impacts of planned board actions on 2019 bonds
Ø  This discussion will be led by Charles Musson and Christian Juckett, partners at Rubin & Hays, our bond counsel firm. The discussion will be centered around the letter, included in the board package (and also previously forwarded to all board members).

Building HVAC Upgrades
Ø  The original 1967 portion of the EPB office building still has a vintage 1967 HVAC system. While it has been patched and maintained as best as possible over the last 50+ years, the time has come to begin the process of replacing the system.
Ø  TVA has helped us design and specify ductless heat pump technology to allow a methodic replacement of the old system. The small ductless units will allow 2-3 office groupings to share a thermostat, instead of the old system which attempted to provide HVAC for most of the building as one.
Ø  The bids for the first round of HVAC upgrade will be opened on Friday, February 15. The results of those bids, along with a recommended vendor, will be presented at the meeting.

Internet Bulk Bandwidth Price Reduction
Ø  Our largest broadband customers purchase Gig Ethernet connections over fiber optic circuits. Those customers then purchase actual internet bandwidth to the cloud, depending on their particular needs.
Ø  Due to excellent success in procuring bulk bandwidth by our own Josh Francis, our present retail rate for bulk bandwidth is higher than it really should be.
Ø  At the meeting, I will present his recommendation to lower our bulk bandwidth rates to a point which makes our rates more consistent with the market rates for same.


Cable Television Programming Committee Appointments
Ø  The Programming Committee acts independently of EPB to consider what programming is appropriate for the EPB Cable Television system. The committee makes these determinations and recommends same to the EPB.
Ø  The committee was purposely created to isolate EPB from any potential violation relative to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ø  The committee consists of six members, with staggered terms, in addition to the Superintendent, who acts as Chairperson and liaison between the committee and EPB.
Ø  The terms of Mary Genice Burchett-Bower and Karl Napier expired at the end of 2018. Ms. Burchett-Bower has served two terms and Mr. Napier has served one term.
Ø  Action on this item is needed this month.  


 Termination and Replacement of Superintendent
Ø  This item added at the request of D.T.Froedge via email.
Ø  No additional information is known about this item.


Termination and Replacement of EPB Legal Counsel
Ø  This item added at the request of D.T. Froedge via email.
Ø  See above regarding additional information on this item too.


Conclusion


Please let me know if you have any questions before the meeting.