In order to increase the renewable portfolio for the City of Biggs and other members of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), Biggs City Council approved a power purchase agreement with Antelope Expansion 1B, LLC., for
This third phase agreement with sustainable Power group, a renewable energy developer was approved.
Public owned utilities are required to reach and maintain 33 percent renewable supplies by 2020 and increase renewable energy to 50 percent no later than 2030.
"Of the 17MW combined NCPA interest in the project, the City of Biggs has the option to purchase a 0.25 MW share of the Antelope Expansion Project 1B. The City could see delivery of this energy as soon as December 2020 and no later than December 2021," City Administrator Mark Sorensen's report to Council read.
"As negotiated, the energy, capacity and environmental attributes (renewable energy credits) are included in the contract price of $39/MWh ($0.039/kWh) and this price will remain flat (fixed) over the 20 year contract term. The project includes an option for the participating members to purchase the facility after the 10th, 15th and 20th year of operation," the report concluded.
In other matters, Council accepted a donation of $2,500 from the Biggs Lions Club specifically for the purchase of a new commercial stove/oven (plus shipping and installation) for the Biggs Community Building.
A summarized annual audit report for fiscal year ending June 20, 2016 was accepted by Council as presented by Independent CPA David Bruner.
Council approved the three hour closure of B Street between the Colonia Hotel and Biggs Post Office for a Street Fair for a book launch of Tanner Smith's book "Terrific Tanner," on April 21.
The street fair will include food vendors and music with proceeds to be donated to the Hometown Fourth of July event.
The Butte County Draft Sustainable Groundwater Management Act MOU was supported in its current draft concept. Butte County is expected to refine the MOU during the next month or so. A final version will be brought back for Council consideration.