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Record No: CB 118514    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118514
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/28/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124878
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; authorizing the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of City Light, or his or her designee, to execute the Amended and Restated Agreement Limiting Liability Among Western Interconnected Electrical Systems, which enables City Light to manage and resolve inter-utility incidents with members of the Western Interconnected Electrical System and fosters the City Light Department's customer relations and participation in important regional programs; and further authorizing the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of City Light, or his or her designee, to execute amendments to such agreement that are consistent with the intent and authority set forth in this ordinance.
Sponsors: Kshama Sawant
Attachments: 1. Att A - Amended and Restated Agreement Limiting Liability Among Western Interconnected Systems
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Ord 124878
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; authorizing the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of City Light, or his or her designee, to execute the Amended and Restated Agreement Limiting Liability Among Western Interconnected Electrical Systems, which enables City Light to manage and resolve inter-utility incidents with members of the Western Interconnected Electrical System and fosters the City Light Department's customer relations and participation in important regional programs; and further authorizing the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of City Light, or his or her designee, to execute amendments to such agreement that are consistent with the intent and authority set forth in this ordinance.
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WHEREAS, in order to provide electricity to its customers reliably, the City Light Department is connected to a regional electric system on which many organizations exchange energy and cooperate for their mutual benefit; and
WHEREAS, there are four major Power Grids covering North America, namely: Hydro-Quebec System, Eastern Interconnection, Texas Interconnection, and Western Interconnection; and
WHEREAS, the City Light Department is in the Western Interconnect, and the Western Interconnected Electric Systems (WIES) program functions as a Joint Venture program providing a single mechanism to respond to inter-utility incidents, minimizing claim and legal expenses, and assists in the maintaining of utility customer goodwill; and
WHEREAS, while system design and operating criteria are intended to minimize creation of electric disturbances and to minimize damage from such disturbances, electric disturbances cannot be wholly avoided and human error cannot be entirely eliminated; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Western Interconnected Electric System have agreed to limit liability among themselves whereby each participant is released from liability f...

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