Since last September, Seattle City Light has been trying to convince the City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee that it should be allowed to join the California Independent Systems Operators (CAISO) Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). On its face, it seems like an easy decision, and if SCL had done a better job on its initial pitch to the Council it might have gone through quickly. But they didn’t, and the Council members asked for more information. As the details have emerged, the case for joining the EIM has become murkier. It’s an interesting case study on the state of the power industry, and it points to some big challenges for Seattle City Light.
Let’s unpack this.
Continue reading Should Seattle City Light join the energy imbalance market?
Larry Weis, General Manager of Seattle City Light, told the council this morning that its new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system is rolling out, and installation of new meters will ramp up this summer.
Continue reading Seattle City Light rolling out new AMI connected meters
There aren’t a lot of meetings this week, but they ought to be informative.
Continue reading This week: more budget!
Monday and Friday are the big days in Council Chambers this week.
Continue reading This week: budget and homeless encampments
Yesterday Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities finally disclosed last week’s privacy leak.
SEE UPDATE BELOW
Continue reading City finally discloses last week’s privacy bug (UPDATED)
Here are some quick hits from this morning’s weekly Council Briefing.
Council President Harrell noted that this week’s Education, Equity and Governance Committee will have a presentation from the FTC on combatting fraud in the African-American and Latino communities. Also, the Seattle Election and Ethics Commission will discuss their plan to roll out the Democracy Voucher Program.
Council member Sawant mentioned that there are openings on the Seattle City Light customer review panel; in particular they are looking for a residential customer and someone with strong environmental advocacy interests.
Sawant also said that at the next Energy and Environment Committee meeting on September 27th she plans to hold a vote on the proposed ordinance capping move-in fees for tenants.
Council member Gonzalez noted that she might schedule a special set of GESCNA committee meetings if Judge Robard gives his approval for police accountability legislation.
Council member Bagshaw’s Human Services and Public Health Committee will have special meetings this Thursday and next Tuesday as it works through legislation addressing unsanctioned homeless encampments. Meanwhile, the encampment task force created by her and Mayor Murray meets the next two Wednesday evenings at 6pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room in City Hall.
After 24 hours of radio silence, SeattleIT, Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities have finally admitted that they did in fact have another issue with their new NCIS billing system that caused some customers to see other customers’ bills, and led them to take their e-billing system offline.
Continue reading NCIS team finally admits it had another privacy issue
UPDATE 9/13/16 11:00PM: NCIS has a new issue.
According to a spokesman, last week’s problems with the new NCIS billing and customer service system for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities have been resolved.
Continue reading NCIS problems resolved
The new NCIS billing and customer information system for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities went live this morning — mostly. According to the team, they had two problems with one of the 40 external applications that NCIS connects to. One of the problems is just slightly annoying; the other one is a small privacy breach that was caught and plugged quickly.
Continue reading NCIS went live today, with a couple of problems