Renewable Energy Task Force

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About the Task Force

The Renewable Energy Task Force is an ad hoc advisory committee that is working to develop clean energy goals and benchmarks through a transparent and inclusive stakeholder process. The Stillwater City Council passed a resolution in early 2020 committing to 100% clean, renewable energy and forming a citizen Renewable Energy Task Force.

“We are eager to hear from the community as the task force carries out this important initiative. The community appreciates the work and commitment of the task force members as Stillwater explores a transition to clean and renewable energy.” -- Becky Taylor, task force liaison and Chief Civic Innovation Officer for the City of Stillwater


Task Force Members

  • Mabrie Baldwin
  • Robin Cornwell
  • Madeline Goddard
  • Deanna Homer
  • Mike Shanahan
  • Sharon Shanahan
  • Alan Tree
  • Henri Uehara
  • Kristine Waits
  • Pat Darlington

About this Page

This page is meant to function as the hub of civic engagement for this Task Force. Feedback is shared with City Council and city staff. Comments made on this page, as well as any comments made to city staff through email, are considered public documents. For questions about this, click on "Who's Listening."

About the Task Force

The Renewable Energy Task Force is an ad hoc advisory committee that is working to develop clean energy goals and benchmarks through a transparent and inclusive stakeholder process. The Stillwater City Council passed a resolution in early 2020 committing to 100% clean, renewable energy and forming a citizen Renewable Energy Task Force.

“We are eager to hear from the community as the task force carries out this important initiative. The community appreciates the work and commitment of the task force members as Stillwater explores a transition to clean and renewable energy.” -- Becky Taylor, task force liaison and Chief Civic Innovation Officer for the City of Stillwater


Task Force Members

  • Mabrie Baldwin
  • Robin Cornwell
  • Madeline Goddard
  • Deanna Homer
  • Mike Shanahan
  • Sharon Shanahan
  • Alan Tree
  • Henri Uehara
  • Kristine Waits
  • Pat Darlington

About this Page

This page is meant to function as the hub of civic engagement for this Task Force. Feedback is shared with City Council and city staff. Comments made on this page, as well as any comments made to city staff through email, are considered public documents. For questions about this, click on "Who's Listening."

  • Renewable Energy Task Force seeks community feedback as it explores Stillwater’s future energy needs

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    MEDIA RELEASE

    (STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / May 24, 2021) – Stillwater’s Renewable Energy Task Force is seeking community input as it pursues its goal of providing recommendations to the City Council by the end of 2021.

    The Stillwater City Council approved the creation of the ad hoc advisory committee in February 2020 and also passed a resolution expressing a commitment to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The task force consists of Stillwater citizens, and representatives of local educational, business and industrial entities.

    The task force is working to create clean energy goals and benchmarks that are based on input from individuals, organizations and groups most affected by Stillwater’s current energy systems.

    The group’s efforts have been slowed by the pandemic, but the task force has begun meeting regularly. The committee has formed two work groups, Energy Out and Supply. The Energy Out work group is looking at ways to increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with ideas like electric vehicles, waste reduction and efficient buildings.

    The Supply group is exploring ways to increase the supply of renewables available with ideas like solar panels, distributed generation and community solar.

    Task force member Robin Cornwell said, “Science tells us the climate is changing, and preparing now will make our community more resilient to the problems ahead. In seeking solutions, it's important to ask three questions about any project: is it economically feasible, is it environmentally sound and is it socially responsible?”

    She added, “I can't wait to see the great ideas we come up with for transitioning Stillwater to clean, renewable energy!”

    Kristine Waits is also serving on the task force and said, “Joining this task force came after I looked into adding solar panels to our home. I learned that Stillwater needed to make its policies more supportive of solar. I wanted to be a part of that change. It’s my hope that we will make changes today so that my kids won’t have to deal with these issues tomorrow.”

    “We are eager to hear from the community as the task force carries out this important initiative,” said Becky Taylor, task force liaison and Chief Civic Innovation Officer for the City of Stillwater. “The community appreciates the work and commitment of the task force members as Stillwater explores a transition to clean and renewable energy.”

    To learn more about the task force, including recaps of previous meetings, and to provide input, go to the Renewable Energy Task Force on the City’s Speak Up Stillwater page.

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    For media inquiries, contact the Department of Marketing and Civic Engagement at 405.742.8219 or email news@stillwater.org.

  • Meeting Recaps

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    Meeting recaps from early Renewable Energy Task Force meetings can be found below.

    To view minutes from more recent meetings, visit the Renewable Energy Task Force Agenda page.

  • Renewable Energy Task Force to hold a special meeting on March 23

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    The Renewable Energy Task Force will have a special meeting over videoconference on Tuesday, March 23 from 4 – 5 pm to discuss the draft of the Distributed Generation Tariff recommendation. The Draft DG Tariff Recommendation can also be found in the "Documents" section on the right side of this Speak Up Stillwater page.

    Anyone is invited to view the meeting. Visit http://stillwater.org/agenda/org/renewable for the full agenda and details about how to join*.

    *Task Force members will be sent a direct invite to join the Zoom call.

  • Meeting #1 (Round 2) / March 18, 2021

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    The Renewable Energy Task Force (RETF) had a great kick-off meeting.

    Becky Taylor called the meeting to order and covered ground rules for the group. Each task force member introduced themselves.

    Loren Smith provided an update on Stillwater's Community Solar program.

    Lisa Vedder discussed the Distributed Generation Tariff Recommendation. RETF requested a special meeting on March 23 from 4-5 pm to discuss the tariff recommendation in detail.

    RETF will recommend to Council to amend Resolution CC-2020-8 extending the task force deadline to December 31, 2021.

    The next RETF meeting (besides the special meeting) will be on April 1 from 4 - 5:30 pm. At this meeting, the task force members will review the Flash Vote survey results and begin to narrow down their scope as a committee.

  • Oklahoma Municipal Alliance (OMA) Webinar Series

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    Oklahoma Municipal Alliance (OMA) presented a series of webinars covering a wide range of topics all designed to improve municipal operations – particularly municipal utility operations.

    Electric Utility Director Loren Smith was able to work with OMA to provide access to two of these sessions.

    As an added benefit to members, in large part due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related uncertainty it brings, all sessions were free of charge.

    Registration is required to view each presentation. To register a valid email must be provided. After the registration is complete, a confirmation email will be sent for every session registered for.

  • Meeting #1 / Oct. 12, 2020

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    Stillwater Electric Utility Director Loren Smith began the meeting by welcoming Task Force members and opening the floor for introductions. Smith then walked the group through the following general orders.

    • Review of GRDA Community Solar Program and revisions to the distributed generation program scheduled for presentation in front of the Stillwater Utilities Authority on October 19, 2020
    • Overview of Stillwater Utilities Authority October 26, 2020 study session on Utility Rates
    • Overview of Stillwater Utilities Authority November 2, 2020 Distributed Generation tariff review presentation by LM Vedder Consulting
    • Establish a meeting schedule
      • The Task Force voted to postpone establishing a meeting schedule until the next meeting.
    • Consider appointing a chair and vice chair
      • No chair or vice chair were appointed. A member of City Council will fill this position.
    • Meeting Protocol
      • Assistant to the City Manager Patti Osmus reviewed meeting protocol
      • City Manager Norman McNickle reminded the Task Force that Oklahoma state legislature requires that all meetings after November 15, 2020, are to be held in person
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