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Greenwood, SC, Looking For Energy Provider

Greenwood, SC, Looking For Energy Provider

The Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works (CPW), the municipal organization responsible for the energy needs for the city of Greenwood, SC, said last week it has entered the market for a total energy provider. The CPW is searching for companies with tangible assets to provide comprehensive energy supply services, including power supply and gas supply. Energy supply proposals may include alternatives ranging from full requirements service to the development of owned generating resources, the CPW said.

The CPW serves approximately 12,000 electric customers and 16,000 gas customers. CPW's peak electric load during the past five years has ranged from 52 to 63 MW with sales of 150,000 MWhs. CPW's gas system has sales of approximately 5 Bcf annually, with a historical peak day of 23,000 Dth. In total, the CPW spends $25 million/year on gas and power, said Michael Kan, a CPW spokesman.

"Right now, the CPW has a good electric deal with Cinergy, but that expires within the next year," Kan said. "Now, noticing all the consolidation within the electric and gas sectors, the CPW wants to take advantage of that and find one provider who will offer a long-term deal at a cheap price. In essence, the CPW wants to get more bang for its buck."

The CPW has contracts with many different gas suppliers, and is in the process of giving notice on those agreements, Kan added. By this coming May, the CPW will have the opportunity to exit 75% of its gas contracts.

The CPW is holding a mandatory pre-proposal conference on September 14 in Charlotte, NC. Requests for copies of the RFP should be made to Jodie Coykendall at (704)347-8100.

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