Hudson -- When James Ellsworth decided to modernize Hudson 100 years ago, Hudson Public Power was born and continues to provide electricity for its residents.
The city's electrical company has completed upgrades on all its substations and is looking at replacing light fixtures on city streets, according to Frank Comeriato, director of Public Works at the Oct. 22 Council workshop.
LED street lighting upgrades on Sussex, Essex and Chadbourne give the city an annual savings of $99.10 per light fixture, Comeriato said. In November Comeriato will give a presentation on the changes to lights on state Route 91. Some of the other projects include lighting at the Seasons Road Eco-park; Trails of Hudson, River Oaks and a dedicated circuit for Allstate.
The city benefits in other areas because of Hudson Public Power.
Comeriato told Council Oct. 22 that HPP responds to city outages and restores power within 6 minutes compared to 88 minutes by other electrical providers in a five-state area.
"The response time to community outages is a huge difference," Comeriato said.
In addition, city customers realize savings whenever the city saves on purchasing power, he said.
Revenue for Hudson Public Power comes from customers sales, renewable energy credits, sales of assets, American Municipal Power refunds and temporary connections.
The city is part of AMP and uses consultant Courtney and Assoc. to help identify new sources of power and what is the best provider to purchase power for short-term and long-term power needs.
In May 2012, Council approved purchasing policy guidelines for the purchase of power to keep it diversified and keep costs low.
Comeriato said he would bring some peak power projects to Council in the next couple of years for Council to consider for the city's power portfolio.
AMP works with the city's electrical provider to provide information on purchasing power and training personnel as well as what other communities are doing to meet their electrical power needs, Comeriato said.
Council member Alex Kelemen wanted to know if the city had ever done a study on why the city should provide electrical power.
City Manager Anthony Bales said the city has an investment in Hudson Public Power and said maintaining service, reliability and good rates for its customers are the reasons why the city supports its own electrical provider.
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