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September 20, 2013

Presentation of power plant agreements moved to December

LMU super: More time needed for negotiations

The presentation of agreements between the city and the company proposing to build a power plant have been extended from its originally anticipated release next month to sometime in December, Logansport Municipal Utilities Superintendent Paul Hartman announced in an email Wednesday.

Negotiations between the city and Pyrolyzer LLC, out of Boca Raton, Fla., over a generating plant that would be powered by refuse-derived fuel began earlier this spring. A power purchase agreement is expected to result from the talks. The agreement would establish electric rates.

A build-operate-transfer agreement, which will determine how long the company will own the plant before transferring it to the city, is also expected to come out of the talks.

Hartman said at last month’s Logansport Utility Service Board meeting that the agreements would be presented at a board meeting scheduled for Oct. 1.

In an email, he wrote the release is being moved to December because more time is needed for Pyrolyzer, the plant’s investors and the consultants hired by the city to assist with the project to complete and review the agreements.

“This meeting is later than presented to the [utility service board] in previous discussions, however, as you can appreciate, the development of these documents in Indiana is precedent-setting,” he states in the message.

Hartman went on to write the power purchase agreement is being reviewed by investors and that their feedback to the consultants is expected by the middle of October.

The build-operate-transfer agreement is currently undergoing “final development” by the consultants and will be presented to Pyrolyzer in two weeks, he continued.

The contract between the city and the consultants will take the parties through the remainder of the negotiations.

The ordinance passed by Logansport City Council in March authorizing Mayor Ted Franklin to negotiate with Pyrolyzer on behalf of the city states talks must conclude by the end of this year.

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