Contact: Connie Kacprowicz, Communications & Marketing Supervisor
Ryan Williams, Assistant Director
The Columbia City Council will hold a work session on Thursday, June 13 at 2:00 pm in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 701 E. Broadway for the proposed electric transmission line project. This meeting will give the City Council a chance to review the options with Columbia Water & Light's staff. There will not be an opportunity for the public to comment at this meeting. Public comments will be heard at a public hearing scheduled for July 15. The City Council could also hold public hearings on August 5 and August 19, if they feel they are needed.
The June 13 work session will be broadcast live on the City Channel. (Mediacom channel 80, Charter Communications channel 992 and CenturyLink channel 96)
The meeting will rebroadcast at these times:
Friday, June 13 through Sunday June 16: 6:00 am,10:00 am, 6:00 pm, 10:00 pm
Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20:2:00 am,2:00 pm
Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23:6:00 am,10:00 am, 6:00 pm, 10:00 pm
After the meeting, the video will also be available online at:
Background Information: Columbia Water & Light needs to build new transmission lines in the southern part of our community to reliably deliver electricity and meet federal reliability standards. The transmission lines will connect the newMillcreek substation onPeach Courtwith existing substations. Transmission lines move energy from where it is produced to substations, which lower the voltage for distribution lines to carry the power to homes and businesses. After gathering input from those living in the area, three possible routes to run the lines were developed: Options A, B, and B2. Before deciding on the final transmission line route the Columbia City Council will hold a work session and a public hearing.
Survey Results: A survey was available from November through January to gain perspective on the selection criteria and the most favorable route.
What factor is most important in determining the final route?
Top 4 responses
Reliable electric service: 9,232 or 16.2%
Option provides longest-term solution: 8,724 or 15.3%
Least cost to build/minimize rate impact: 7,207 or 12.6%
Proximity to residential homes: 7,158 or 12.5%
Selection Matrix Results
The preferences and concerns were entered into an algorithm in a selection matrix that assigns them a score according to their importance. Because most decision factors are negative or unfavorable, the option receiving the least negative score is determined to be the most publicly favorable. The final score for all three options are within a single percentage point difference from each other.
Option A: -36,341
Option B: -35,739
Option B-2: -35,528
Which option would you prefer to see implemented?
Option A: 1,210 or 76%
Option B: 271 or 17%
Option B-2: 104 or 7%
OK to raise rates for undergrounding lines: 847 or 53%
NOT OK to raise rates for undergrounding: 738 or 47%
The main web page for general information about this project: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Electric/ProposedElectricTransmission.php
Survey results can be found: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Electric/ElectricTransmissionLineProjectFeedback.php