Needles, CA: Reject then resubmit Request For Proposal and buy Allowances.

Needles, CA: Reject then resubmit Request For Proposal and buy Allowances.

Members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council voted on 2 agenda items regarding Request For Proposal (R.F.P.) to rehabilitate 4 water tanks and Greenhouse Gas (G.H.G.) Allowances during last Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council held on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 in Needles, California.

Members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council were to discuss then vote on agenda item #2 approving the selection of Superior Tank Solution Inc. to rehabilitate 4 water tanks as recommended by the Board of Public Utilities.

But there was a last minute recommendation that came in front of both members of the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council from Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding this agenda item.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels informed both members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council that, “After discussing this afternoon (Tuesday afternoon of October 22nd, 2013) with legal council and with Council Darcy (Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy) and you (City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Pager), our recommendation is going to be to reject the bids that were received and instead put out another bid document that is exactly what we are asking for.”

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels explained why to the members of the Needles City Council for this decision saying, “We put out a bid document and it was required the parties to attend a walk through. Only one company attended the walk through so the other two proposals were invalet because they didn’t attend the mandatory requirements in order to submit a bid. We got a bid and then we talked to a fourth vendor; Superior, that not only was going to drain the tanks and treat the insides and repaint the outside, but also do safety improvements on the ladders and the guard rails and access into the tanks; which was above and beyond what the R.F.P. (Request For Proposal) called for and they gave us comparable proposal. Instead, what I recommend is to reject the bids and put out an R.F.P. (Request For Proposal) to specific to what we want including the safety improvements as well as the treatment tanks.”

After some more discussions regarding this recommendation, members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to reject the R.F.P. (Request For Proposal) 4 water tanks and resubmit the R.F.P. (Request For Proposal).

Members of the Needles City Council later voted also unanimously to reject the R.F.P. (Request For Proposal) 4 water tanks and resubmit the R.F.P. (Request For Proposal).

You can read the full agenda item #2 packet regarding this agenda item at the following City of Needles website address:

Click to access cc_102213-2.pdf

Click to access cc_102213-agenda-linked.pdf

Watch the video regarding agenda item #2 at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address:

– N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) and N.C.C. (Needles City Council): 10-22-2013: Items #2 and #3.

Afterwards, members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council discussed then voted on agenda item #3 to reject the recommendation of the Board of Public Utilities and approve entering the California Cap-and-Trade Program Greenhouse Gas (G.H.G.) Allowance Action being held on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 to acquire an additional 10,000 G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) Allowances at $16.50 per allowance to bring the City of Needles into conformity with Triennial Compliance Period (2013 to 2014) California Air Resources Board (A.R.B.) mandated total required G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) Allowances.

The bids and money reportedly have to be in before Thursday, November 7th, 2013 for the action being held on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013.

According to information in the agenda packet, on Thursday, December 6th, 2007, pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 A.B. 32 (Assembly Bill 32), the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) approved the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The regulation requires the mandatory reporting and verification of Greenhouse Gas (G.H.G.) emissions. A.B. 32 (Assembly Bill 32) requires California to return to 1990 levels of Greenhouse Gas (G.H.G.) emissions by 2020 (An overall reduction in emissions of 15%).

An important part of A.B. 32 (Assembly Bill 32) is the Cap and Trade Program which sets a statewide limit on sources responsible for 85 percent of California’s G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) and establishes a price signal needed to drive long term investment in clean fuels and more efficient use of energy. The program started in 2013 with electric utilities and large industrial facilities. The Cap and Trade Program relies on data collected through the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions mentioned above. The City of Needles reports its G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) through this program.

The statewide cap on G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) emissions is measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Each electric utility’s historical load data accounted for approximately 94% of the weight in allocating allowances.

Each covered entity will be required to surrender one permit to emit for each ton of G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) emissions it emits. The majority of these permits will be an instrument called an Allowance.

What is an Allowance? An Allowance is a tradable permit to emit one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas) emission. The total number of Allowances will be equivalent to the annual Allowance budget in the Regulation. Each Allowance will have a unique serial number. Allowances have been freely allocated to electric utilities that distribute electricity to California ratepayers. These Allowances must be used exclusively for the benefit of the ratepayers to reduce the cost of A.B. 32 (Assembly Bill 32) on those ratepayers and be consistent with the goals of A.B. 32 (Assembly Bill 32) to reduce G.H.G. (Greenhouse Gas).

Also noted in the agenda packet: 48.4% of Needles, California power portfolio is in large hydroelectric power from the Parker-Davis Project. 51.6% comes from nonrenewable (Unspecified) power sources.

After some more discussions regarding this agenda item, members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to buy 5,000 2013’s Allowances at the price of $13.50 Allowance.

Members of the Needles City Council later voted also unanimously to buy 5,000 2013’s Allowances at the price of $13.50 Allowance.

You can read the full Assembly Bill 32 (A.B. 32) regarding the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 at the following California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) website address:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ab32/ab32.htm

You can read the full agenda item #3 packet regarding this agenda item at the following City of Needles website addresses:

Click to access cc_102213-3.pdf

Click to access cc_102213-agenda-linked.pdf

Watch the video regarding agenda item #3 at the following ZachNews on YouTube website addresses:

– N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) and N.C.C. (Needles City Council): 10-22-2013: Items #2 and #3.

– N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) and N.C.C. (Needles City Council): 10-22-2013: Item #3: Part 2.

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