January 2021 Board Update

Jan 28, 2021

​Winter Weather Conditions May Produce Higher Utility Bills

Unpredictable winter weather patterns combined with pandemic related situations may be result in higher than expected utility bills for customers. CU would like to remind customers who may be facing financial difficulty to call our Customer Service Representatives and discuss options and payment arrangements. CU also offers several rebates to help conserve your energy and water dollars. More information on payment options and rebates can be found on our website.

Transit Driver of the Year

CU Transit operator Lynn Dickerson has been selected by her peers as the 2020 Transit Driver of the Year. Lynn has driven a bus for City Utilities for the past six years and is known for her professional and friendly manner by her passengers and co-workers. “Lynn is diligent and compassionate,” said Matt Crawford – Director of Transit, “she is known in the Transit Department as everyone’s ‘big sister’ and is always the first to help when someone is in need.” A formal presentation will be scheduled for a future date.

Annual Independent Audit

Accounting firm BKD reported a clean opinion and found no areas of concern regarding the financial position of the utility. The independent audit report was for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020. The full audit report can be found on the City Utilities website.

James River Power Station Turbines Now Decommissioned

With the recent retirement of the two remaining power generation units, James River Power Station has been officially decommissioned as a power generating site. In 2017, turbine Units 1, 2, and 3 were retired with Units 4 and 5 remaining in service through 2018. Two combustion turbines will remain available for operation on the property and portions of the James River Power Station building have been repurposed for other utility uses. The five turbines generated energy from both natural gas and coal fuels for CU customers from 1957 until 2018. The addition of JTEC Unit-2, combined with an enhanced renewable portfolio, helped to make the retirement of the older units possible.