The Board meets on the first and third Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and are held in the department conference room at 65 Lafayette Ave, Littleton. Board meetings are open to the public and time is allotted for public comments at each meeting.
The regularly scheduled business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021 the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Linda MacNeil, Director of Finance Lori Hogan, LWL consultant Schuyler Sweet and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the July 19, 2021 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner MacNeil.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. LWL on-call personnel responded promptly to a significant water main break on Monday, July 26, 2021 at about 12:30 a.m. on Cottage Street in the vicinity of Morrison Hill Drive. On-call personnel were alerted by a low-pressure alarm generated by a sudden drop in system pressure in the Mt. Eustis zone. It was discovered that a large piece of the 6-inch cast iron pipe failed. This resulted in several customers reporting low water pressure or no water supply throughout the zone and major scour damage occurred to the adjacent gravel driveway, minimal damage was caused to the roadway. LWL crews were able to stop the water leak and restore and maintain water supply to most of the affected zone. Full water service was restored prior to noon though repairs to the adjacent property continued into Tuesday morning.
2. The BOC reviewed and discussed the results of a recent LWL wholesale power supply solicitation and procurement that took place on July 26, 2021. There was a total of four (4) counterparties that participated and submitted bid proposals with the low bid being awarded to Macquarie Energy located in Houston Texas. The solicitation was for the remainder of LWL 2021 projected load resources needed to meet the LWL BOC power supply hedge limits, a total of 2,457 MWh was procured.
1. The BOC discussed and review the Daymark Energy monthly report for June 2021 relative to the projected cost of transmission and related delivery expenses. ISONE and the NE Power Pool (NEPOOL) are both projecting that transmission and related Regional Network Service (RNS) rates/charges will increase in 2021 by about nine (9) percent more as compared to 2020. Similar increases (potentially double-digit percentage) are projected to occur on January 1st of each year for the foreseeable future according to sources cited at the NE Public Power Association. The increase in expense are being driven by the total cost/return on investment of the new transmission facilities built and placed in service over the recent years being compounded by lower (peak) loads being generated due to behind the meter resources i.e., wind, solar, etc.
2. Commissioner Cooper recommended that the meeting be moved to nonpublic session to fully brief Commissioner MacNeil about a matter that may involve a pending litigation.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to enter nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3, II(e), seconded by Commissioner MacNeil.
Commissioner Cooper called for a roll call vote to enter in nonpublic session.
Commissioner Ross - Yes, Commissioner MacNeil Ė Yes, Commissioner Cooper- Yes.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0,
Entered nonpublic session at 1:20 p.m.
Public session reconvened at 2:27 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Commissioner MacNeil.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:32 p.m.
The regularly scheduled Commissionerís meeting is held twice monthly on the first and third Monday, at 1:00 p.m., in the Departmentís conference room.