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The city of Columbia’s transition to renewable energy at its electric utility suffered a major blow at the end of June when developers of a 581-acre solar field north of the city informed the utilities department that it was terminating its agreement with the city because forecasted costs have come in higher than expected.

In January 2019 the city council authorized a 20-year agreement with Colorado-based energy developer Dakota Power Partners to build the new solar plant by the end of 2023. The plant would have a maximum output of 64 megawatts and the city would pay $31.65 per megawatt hour, or about $4.5 million annually, with no escalation in price for the life of the contract. The city spends about $80 million annually for power supply.

(2) comments

Chad Moller

I bet this will all blow over! :-)

Michael Williams

I wager this is all over the major local news.

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