Coal contract discussed tonight |

Coal contract discussed tonight

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District will meet tonight to discuss its proposed 50-year contract from a coal-based power plant in Utah.

When the board met earlier this month to consider signing the agreement with Utah Associate Municipal Power Systems, nearly 60 citizens arrived to voice their displeasure with the proposal.

Rate-payers spoke for nearly three hours about concerns related to the length of the contract, the fact that it is coal-based, and options for acquiring green sources of energy.

The board held off on signing the contract at earlier meetings, but the clock is ticking and tonight’s meeting could pose a do-or-die situation for the deal.

The contract, if signed, would not go into effect until 2012, but the board needs to accept the proposal before Jan. 1 in order to avoid a new California law that will limit non-green energy contracts to five years.

Tonight’s special board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the public utility district’s board room.