CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: December 9, 2003
Subject/Title: Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Generating
Facility Interconnection Agreement (GFIA) and Special Agreement with Pacific
Gas & Electric for electrical standby service
Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Ken De Silva, Park Services Manager
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Generating Facility
Interconnection Agreement (GFIA) and Special Agreement with Pacific Gas &
Electric for electrical standby service.
• Approval of a Resolution to reinstate the Balfour Road Aquatic Complex (as
part of the 2001-2006 Capital Improvement Program) approved by City Council
on January 8, 2002 as CIP number 522-5202.
• A Professional Services Agreement with Water and Energy Management to
perform a Cost Feasibility Analysis, and design this co-generation project,
was approved by the City Council and was executed on February 26, 2002.
• Approved purchase of the Tecogen co-generator from Tecogen, Inc. in the
amount of $65,158 at City Council meeting of February 11, 2003.
This project is one component of the Aquatics Complex Capital Improvement
A cost/benefit study was performed by Bob Spizka, of Water and Energy
Management, to quantify the economic, technical, and environmental aspects
of co-generation at the Aquatics Facility. He produced a report last March
that recommended this would be a very good means of lowering the annual
utility costs associated with the operation of the Brentwood Family Aquatics
Complex. In his report he estimated that the project could save an estimated
$41,875 annually (at current energy costs).
Co-generation is the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal
energy (hot water) from a single energy source (natural gas). The study
focused on how to lower the electrical and pool heating, costs by installing
a 60 kw co-generation system to generate electricity while concurrently
making hot water that is used to heat the pools. This would reduce the
operation of the existing pool heaters and supply electricity for the pumps
and other electrical needs of the Aquatics Facility. The natural gas
purchased for running the co-generator is also half of the cost of our
current rate due to the fact that the PUC is encouraging the use of such
The attached Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s agreement states the need
for this facility to still be provided power from PG&E. The co-generator is
designed to provide most of the necessary load of the facility but will
still need power for peak times and during maintenance of the equipment.
This agreement was reviewed by the City Attorney.
• Total cost of this project will be $170,000.
• A reduction of annual utility costs of $41,875 (this includes the purchase
of co-generator fuel and an outside maintenance agreement).
Generating Facility Interconnection Agreement (GFIA)
Special Agreement from Pacific Gas & Electric
CIP Sheet – 522-5202