It was supposed to take two to three weeks to complete delivery of over 14,000 containers of solid waste for the new Jamestown Board of Public Utilities program, but it was done in a shorter time frame.
On Monday, David Leathers, managing director of BPU, said it only took 10 days for almost all containers to be delivered to solid waste customers. He said, so far the start of the program is “good enough.” He added that initially there was a lot of talk about providing smaller containers to certain customers.
The main container delivered to customers was 95 gallons. However, for elderly or disabled customers, the BPU offered the option for people to withdraw from the 95 gallon container to receive a 35 gallon container. Leathers said of the 500 35-gallon containers received by the BPU, almost all have been distributed. He said the distribution of the garbage containers went more smoothly than when BPU delivered new orange recycling containers in 2014.
The new containers are part of the new âAllocated Garbage Container Program.â The containers are the property of the utility company and are assigned to each service address. Customers can start using the containers as soon as they receive them. The program officially begins on July 1.
“This gives everyone about six weeks to try it out,” he said. “I’m glad everyone has it before we upload.”
Leathers said an early evaluation of the program revealed an issue with the tipping system of the new garbage container. He said every BPU solid waste truck has a tipping system, which has caused issues with how the waste is dumped in the same area of ââthe truck. He added that staff will continue to reassess this situation to see if a better solution can be found.
One of the reasons the new solid waste container program was launched was that only about two-thirds of BPU’s customers used a trash can, Leathers said. He said BPU officials knew the new program would be criticized because it affected many people.
“We are changing the way they treat waste”, he said.
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Â¯ Council approved two resolutions for the purchase of three lots of property on Manchester Road in the city. One of the approved resolutions was to purchase 1 acre and 4 acres of land for the combined price of $ 10,500. The other resolution was to buy 17 acres of land for $ 40,000.
Leathers said the purchase of the land was the first step in a possible solar project in the city. He said buying land is always the first step in such a process.
Â¯ Kristofer Sellstrom, head of gas and energy resources at BPU, presented the annual report on the risk management program to the board. He said the electrical load, or consumption, in the city continues to decline, which it has been doing since 2003. He added that economic downturns like the 2008 housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have not not improved the decrease in energy consumption in the city.
âIt’s an indication that our community is not growing. It shrinks, “ he said.
Sellstrom said electric load was down 7% in 2019. By comparison, power consumption fell only 3% in 2018.
During the risk management presentation, Sellstrom also discussed the state climate leadership and community protection law, also known as “Green New Deal”, which was approved by the state legislature in 2019. The law requires the state to have a net zero carbon economy by 2050, which includes 70% renewable energy by 2030.
Due to the state’s clean energy standard, which was approved in 2016, state officials created two new mechanisms to meet the state’s energy goals, renewable energy credits ( CER) and zero emission credits (ZEC).
Sellstrom said RECs and ZECs are expected to cost BPU customers $ 111 million for 19 years to meet state energy targets. He said BPU officials could potentially decrease the amount they pay for RECs through renewable energy projects, such as the possible solar project discussed by the board when approving the purchase. of the property earlier in the meeting. He added in 2020 the BPU paid $ 268,000 for the RECs, which represents an increase of $ 187,000 from the $ 81,000 it appropriated in 2019. The money the BPU pays for the RECs. costs associated with the Green New Deal are paid by customers in the fuel adjustment fee.