In 2009, CenterPoint Energy installed load management metering equipment at a wastewater treatment plant in Rosenberg. And every year since the installment, the city has participated in the commercial load management standard offer program.
At Tuesday’s regular city council meeting, council members will consider extending the contract for another year.
As in previous years, the program only applies to the hours of 1-7 p.m., excluding weekends and federal holidays in June, July, August and September. CenterPoint is limited to a maximum of four unscheduled curtailments during the summer peak demand hours and must provide a minimum of 30 minutes notice before the curtailment start time.
A curtailment is a reduction in the output of a generator from what it could otherwise produce given available resources. During the curtailment period, the city can fully operate Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2, located at 3650 N. Fairgrounds Road, using standby generator power.
The city is asking to extend the contract for a five-year period, rather than renewing annually. If council is in favor, city staff will submit the application for the 2020 contract next month.
By participating, the city has received cash incentives from CenterPoint Energy in amounts ranging from $9,500 to $13,000 per year. Council members will also consider a utility easement agreement with Municipal Utility District No. 233.
According to city staff, the property is located mostly within the city limits, northeast of FM 2218 and Koeblen Road, with the remainder located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction. The easements are being granted by private property owners of MUD 233 to construct utilities to serve the MUD.
They will allow the development to connect to the city’s utility infrastructure as planned.
The 210 acres of residential development will have up to 640 lots. The MUD will have a 40-year bond cap. According to city staff, the developer will comply with the city codes and impact fees.
The developer will be required to install facilities for water usage. Additionally, this development will result in extending Spacek Road per the city’s thoroughfare plan. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.