- Seattle City Light is looking for innovative ways to cut energy costs in Seattle — and City Hall is looking for three commercial buildings to lead the way in a pilot program:
Today, Mayor McGinn announced an innovative approach to helping commercial electric utility customers achieve energy savings. The Mayor announced a three- year pilot project that will test an energy conservation concept known as “pay for performance.”
“The city is looking for ways to help businesses be creative in their approach to saving energy,” McGinn said. “Rather than prescribing how businesses achieve energy savings, we will seek three commercial office buildings to partner with us in developing innovative and verifiable approaches for conservation.”
Seattle City Light plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) early in November.
“City Light will provide financial incentives through annual payments for incremental energy savings, as opposed to a one-time rebate,” City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “We are looking for partners who can create a modeling tool that can be replicated for future investments. We want to see greater energy savings based on our customers’ power use. City Light receives the benefit of actual delivered energy savings performance, with limited financial risk.”
- Both the City and County Councils are slated to make their vote on the “amended” SoDo Arena plan Monday afternoon. The approvals should help finalize the deal.
- City Council is also expected Monday to approve legislation limiting their own campaign contributions — or, as Real Change put it, empty out their war chests.
- Seattle is now accepting applications for a newly formed citizen police commission:
Today Mayor Mike McGinn issued an Executive Order, drafted in consultation with the City Council, creating a Community Police Commission. The Commission is a partnership between the Police Department, its officers, community members, and public officials. Its role is to support the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and mechanisms to promote community confidence in the Seattle Police Department. The Commission is part of the Settlement Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Justice.
“The Community Police Commission is an important part of building a strong partnership between the people of Seattle and our officers,” said McGinn. “I encourage anyone interested in that work to apply to serve on this Commission.”
- Wednesday’s Landmarks Preservation Board session will include two Capitol Hill properties.
- A bit beyond City Hall — Tuesday night brings the second 2012 presidential debate. Town meeting format. Starts at 6p Seattle time.