Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2001

City power plan is put on hold

October 31, 2001

Baldwin City's option to partner with Western Resources to build a power plant has been put on hold.

Western Resources informed the city Monday that it wants to delay the partnership to build a power plant from 2003 until possibly 2006, Utility Director Terry McKinney said.

"As it stands right now, they are not interested in going in with the city on a power plant for 2003," McKinney said. "This isn't just with Baldwin. They've done this with all the cities they've been talking with."

He said he's not sure how the delay will affect the city's electric options.

"It's too early for me to make a comment until I'm able to run some numbers," he said. "Western will let us know more in the next couple of weeks. We're also going to have to sit down with the city council.

"(Western) hasn't really said no and I don't want to damage our relationship," McKinney said. "So I think it's unfair for me to comment on it before we know more."

He said some sort of option will eventually be worked out.

"I wouldn't say it's negative yet," he said. "It's a little setback. It's not the end of the world or anything."

The option of building a new power plant in partnership with Western Resources was the favored plan of the city council. McKinney and the council have stated that the city's electrical needs will surpass current supplies in the near future.

McKinney put together a package of options for a "town hall meeting" in June. That's where the Western Resource plan was shown to be the favored option.

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