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NEGOTIATING WHOLESALE WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENTS. Presented by DAMON R. TALLEY, KRWA General Counsel GERALD E. WUETCHER, PSC Attorney* At WATER PERSONNEL TRAINING SEMINAR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION December 10, 2008.

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Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

NEGOTIATING WHOLESALE WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENTS

Presented by

DAMON R. TALLEY, KRWA General Counsel

GERALD E. WUETCHER, PSC Attorney*

At

WATER PERSONNEL TRAINING SEMINAR

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

December 10, 2008

* None of the views expressed in this document necessarily reflect the views of the Kentucky Public Service Commission or any other official or employee of the Kentucky Public Service Commission.


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

  • PREPARING THE SOIL

  • GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • SPECIFIC CONTRACT PROVISIONS

  • QUESTIONS


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

PREPARING THE SOIL

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”


Ratchet down the rhetoric

Ratchet Down the Rhetoric


Separate the bulls

Separate the Bulls


Shuttle diplomacy

Shuttle Diplomacy


Cooling off period

“Cooling-Off” Period


Guiding principles

GUIDINGPRINCIPLES


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No Secrets

  • Example

  • Be Up Front


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Fundamental Fairness

  • No Subsidy

  • Perception

  • Reality


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No Surprises

  • Communicate

    • Communicate

      • Communicate

  • Share Information


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Be Creative

  • Example:HCWD No. 2

    & City of Elizabethtown


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SPECIFIC CONTRACT PROVISIONS

  • Hot Topics

  • Not Exhaustive List


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Master Meter

  • Ownership

  • Control

  • Access

    Continued


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Master MeterCont.

  • Testing

    • Who Pays?

    • Advance Notice

    • Both Parties Present

    • Share Test Results

  • Maintenance

  • Replacement


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Automatic Rate Adjustment Mechanism

  • CPI

    • Great:City’s Retail Rates

    • Bad:Wholesale Customers

  • KRA Withdrawal Fees


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Automatic Rate Adjustment Mechanism

  • Formula

    • Cost of Service Study

    • Allocated Costs

    • Streamlines PSC Approval

    • Use Readily Available Information


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Quantity

  • Don’t Say:

    • Seller agrees to supply all of Buyer’s requirements

    • Buyer agrees to buy all its water from seller

  • Do Say:

    • Specify maximum quantity


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Quantity . . . Maximum

  • Good:Monthly Amount (30,000,000)

  • Better:Daily Amount (1,000,000)

  • Best:Gallons per Minute (700 GPM)

  • Perfect:GPM at each delivery point


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Quantity . . . Maximum

  • Enforcement

    • Problem

    • GPM at each delivery point

    • Charge Penalty:10% up to 25%

    • Buffer (e.g. 10% Over Maximum)

    • Seller can waive

  • Seller not obligated to furnish extra water


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Quantity . . .

  • Minimum Purchase Requirement

  • Take Or Pay Provision

    • Seller:Desirable

    • Buyer:Undesirable except . . .

  • Critical if Seller is expanding facilities to benefit Buyer


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Rates

  • Initial

  • Method for Calculating Future Rate Adjustments


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Rates

  • Initial Rate

    • Don’t pull it out of the air

    • Needs to be Cost-based

    • Why?

      • PSC won’t approve it

      • KIA Grant/Loan Agreements

      • Basis for future rate adjustments


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Rates

  • Rate Adjustment Provisions

    • Good for Buyer:

      • Can’t raise wholesale rate without raising retail rates

      • Amount of wholesale rate increase cannot exceed the amount of retail rate increase

    • Great protection .. . But PSC won’t approve


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Rates . . . Adjustment

  • Contract Formula or Methodology

    • What is the “Rate”?

      • Formula

        or

      • Calculated amount (e.g. $2.00 per 1,000 gallons)


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Rates . . . Adjustment

  • Frequency:

    • Review and calculate annually

    • Adjust as necessary


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Access to Records

  • Guiding Principle: Share Information

    • Provide information voluntarily

  • Avoids suspicion

  • Buyer can gain access by other means:

    • Open Records Request

    • FOIA (Federal Law)

    • PSC Data Request


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Curtailment of Service

  • Termination

  • Drought

  • Coordinate Conservation Measures

  • Water Shortage Response Plans


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Advance Notice of Rate Adjustments

  • Why?

    • Buyer needs time to adjust its rates

      • Public Utility: File PWA with PSC

      • Municipality: Utility Commission/City Council Approval

  • How much Time: 60 days

  • Coordinate Implementation


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Water Quality

  • Consecutive Systems

    • Monitoring

    • Customer Notification

  • Disinfection By-Products (DBP)

    • Stage 1 Rule:401 KAR 8:510

    • Stage 2 Rule:(Approval Pending)


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RD Form Contract

  • Checklist

  • Borrower / Buyer must pledge contract to RD


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Dispute Resolution

  • Independent Third Party Review

  • Mediation

  • Arbitration

  • PSC will decide


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Many Other Issues . . .


Negotiating wholesale water supply agreements

Questions


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