Over the past several years we have considered a number of ways to meet our community’s need for more base load power. It’s a complex question.
We hired HDR, a global independent consulting firm, to help us conduct an exhaustive sustainable return on investment study (SROI). It looked at affordability and reliability, but also at the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of a variety of options.
We looked at a lot of options—everything from state-of-the-art solid fuel generation to purchasing primarily from the grid.
Today, we’re pleased to share the results of that study with you.
In the PDF below, you’ll find last night’s presentation with synopses of each scenario HDR evaluated. Scenarios A to D are options specific to the Community Energy Plan. Scenarios E & F are options that involve no new local generation–just purchasing power from the grid. Scenario G is a more ambitious look at the Scenario A approach with a larger combined cycle unit.
Starting today, August 9, we are opening up a period for public commenting to hear your voice as we continue the decision making process. You can submit your comments here on the website.
Update — October 15, 2012
The above results tables includes synopses from HDR’s presentation. Please download the document below to view HDR’s SROI Analysis Final Report.