CINCINNATI — This afternoon, the nine members of City of Cincinnati’s Budget and Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve a reworded motion urging the administration to choose suppliers who offer 100% renewable energy for the city’s new aggregated buying group. All members of the full city council are on the Budget and Finance Committee, so the vote will likely remain unanimous when it formally goes before the full council in Wednesday’s meeting.
The motion was reworded after last week’s public hearing testimony to include disclosure requirements about natural gas that comes from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking; strengthening energy efficiency measures; and a requirement that the chosen Contractor use Small Business Enterprises that are certified by the city and help to promote small, minority and women-owned businesses.
The new motion, in its entirety now reads:
“We move that in developing the Request for Proposals (RFP) for electric power supply for the city’s opt-out aggregation program the administration request responses from potential suppliers reflecting 100% renewable energy credit (REC)-based sources of electric supply and weigh these responses among other criteria such as proposed rates, aggregation experience, and financial stability of the company in choosing a supplier.
We further move that the administration begin to develop criteria for programs to further enable residential and small commercial consumers to implement energy efficiency measures.
We further move that the administration develop criteria for the RFP requiring disclosure of whether and to what extent a responding bidder’s natural gas supply has been extracted through hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, from recently developed shale formations, and to weigh these responses among other criteria such as proposed rates, aggregation experience, and financial stability of the company in choosing a supplier.
We further move that the administration include in the RFP a requirement that the Contractor will use best efforts to recruit and maximize the participation of all qualified segments of the business community in subcontracting work, including the utilization of small, minority and women business enterprises. This includes the use of practices such as assuring the inclusion of qualified Small Business Enterprises (SBE) that are certified by the City’s Office of Contract Compliance in bid solicitations and dividing large contracts into smaller contracts when economically feasible.”
— Rachael Belz, Coal program organizer, Ohio Citizen Action
— Jay Hanselman, WVXU News