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Has The Project Group effectively monitored public utility issues for City Council?

Has The Project Group lived up to its end of a $250,000 consulting contract to monitor public utilities issues for City Council? (PD file photo)

Has The Project Group lived up to its end of a $250,000 consulting contract to monitor public utilities issues for City Council? (PD file photo)

CLEVELAND — “The Project Group, operated by principals John Zayac and Michael Tuan Bustamante, has been under contract for the past 18 years to monitor public utility issues for the Cleveland City Council. But the consultants did not report on several controversies related to utilities until after The Plain Dealer exposed them. Some examples.:

Meigs County coal plant

In 2008, city council hired ION Consulting, a Denver-based firm to evaluate Cleveland Public Power’s plans to enter a long-term contract with American Municipal Power to build a coal-fired power plant in Meigs County, Ohio…

The Prairie State Energy Campus

Problems with another coal-burning power plant, this one in Illinois, also did not appear in The Project Group’s reports until after a Plain Dealer story detailed the issue in September 2012…

Waste-to-energy plant

The Project Group also did not perform any independent research on Mayor Frank Jackson’s controversial plan to build a waste-to-energy plant in the city or issue an opinion on the city’s no-bid contract with now-fired consultant Peter Tien.”

— Leila Atassi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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