The Leitchfield Utilities recently approved actions to further pursue an energy savings grant of up to $100,000.
Dan Sanders, of the Energy Savings Group, addressed the Leitchfield Utilities Commission about the grant process during the regularly scheduled Thursday, March 20 Commission meeting.
Sanders said Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Kevin Pharis approached the Energy Savings Group in 2013 to request its assistance with an audit to apply for the grant.
The grant, a settlement from TVA for municipalities in the commonwealth of Kentucky, totals about $1.5 million and must be used for energy conservation, according to Sanders.
Single municipalities may receive up to $100,000, and those in the TVA territory, a group that includes Leitchfield, will receive preference, Sanders said.
The grant application process features a number of steps, the first two of which Leitchfield has completed.
First, the Energy Savings Group conducted a feasibility study for the City over the last six to eight months to determine if an energy savings project would be a cost-efficient endeavour.
Following the feasibility study, the City then submitted a number of applications to the Kentucky State Clearing House, Sanders said.
The third “hurtle” requires Leitchfield Utilities to advertise for proposals for energy conservation projects from energy savings companies, according to Sanders.
Sanders recommended the Utilities advertise its request for proposals for at least two consecutive weeks and accept proposals for a minimum of 30 days.
During this time period, energy savings companies will visit and observe Leitchfield Utilities facilities and make project proposals.
After proposals have been submitted, Leitchfield Utilities will have the opportunity to review them but will not be obligated to take any action, Sanders said.
The Utilities will also have the option to request that the companies re-bid, if there are items in their proposals that should be changed.
If, after proposals have been submitted, Leitchfield Utilities decides to accept one, a contract will then be drafted that allows the City to go into debt with the guarantee that the debt will be paid and savings will be met, Sanders said.
To determine how much, if any, grant money the Utilities will receive, it must also, at some point in the near future, submit its energy conservation plan and the cost savings that will come as a result of the plan, said Sanders.
After some discussion, the Commission passed a motion to permit Utilities Attorney David Vickery to draft and advertise the request for proposals.
In other business:
*The Commission passed a motion to approve the purchase of a John Deere Gator UTV at the cost of about $9,655 with a one-month delivery time.