Utility power sales up, water and wastewater down
by Rick Norton
Jul 23, 2010 | 866 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Utilities finished fiscal year 2010 with a strong increase in electricity sales, but numbers were down in water and wastewater usage, CU Board of Directors members learned in a monthly session Thursday.

Ken Webb, manager of the Accounting Division, reported he “feels real good” about the power sales volume as compared to the FY 2009 period. For the nearly concluded fiscal year, Cleveland Utilities has sold almost 1.1 billion (1,078,380,377) kilowatt-hours, representing a 1.6 percent increase over 2009 volume.

“The average retail price was 7.9 cents per kilowatt-hour and at year-end there were 29,106 customers as compared to 28,889 at the end of the previous year,” Webb told the board at CU’s Training Center. He pointed out the year-end “true-up” payment to TVA for purchased power will be $161,919.

The budgeted volume in the Electric Division for 2011 is approximately 1.043 billion kilowatt-hours.

“We have budgeted for next year a little less than we actually used this year,” he said.

Although the Electric Division sales numbers for the year are encouraging, the news is not so good in either of CU’s other two divisions, water and wastewater.

In the Water Division, total volume sold for FY 2010 was almost 2.7 billion gallons (2,668,847,250), representing a significant drop of 6.75 percent compared to 2009. Reductions were noted in all individual customer classes of water usage, including: Residential, down 4.6 percent; Resale, down 94.3 percent (this loss is due to no longer selling to Ocoee Utility District); Commercial, down 3.6 percent; Industrial, down 1.6 percent; and Irrigation, down 27.9 percent.

“As a whole, customers paid an average retail price of $3.84 per thousand gallons for water in 2010,” Webb said. “At year-end, there were 29,499 water customers which represents an increase of 196 customers from the same time last year. That is about two-thirds of a one percent increase in the customer count.”

By comparison, the budgeted volume in water for 2011 is approximately 2.72 billion gallons, representing a 1.9 percent increase over the actual 2010 results. Webb stressed, “ ... Hopefully, (this) will be a realistic projection.”

In the Wastewater Division, 2010 volumes showed sales of 1.745 billion gallons which is a two percent drop from the 2009 amounts. Customers paid an average retail price of $4.86 for 1,000 gallons of sewer treatment and at year-end the sewer division had 17,309 customers. This is an increase of one percent from the previous year, Webb said.

In other developments Thursday, CU board members:

- Approved a Generation Partners Agreement with TVA which is a contract between the entities establishing TVA as the electric power and energy supplier and Cleveland Utilities as the distributor. The contract authorizes a pilot study supporting TVA’s strategic goals for acquisition of clean energy.

- Approved a Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Advice and Incentive (C&A EAI) Agreement with TVA to encourage implementation of energy efficiency and demand reduction improvements by commercial and industrial customers. The two-party agreement provides incentives for major power customers to curtail power use.

- Approved the purchase of 20-inch ductile iron pipe from McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company for $171,276.

- Aproved the purchase of fittings ranging in size from six-inch to 20-inch from Piping Supply Company, Inc. for $94,232.08.

- Approved a purchase order to Altec Industries for $136,155 for the replacement of a bucket truck used by the Meter Lab for traffic light maintenance and metering.

- The board’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31, at noon at the Mountain View Inn.