Renewable Energy Task Force

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A graphic of a green colored house with an electric plug and a some leaves with a blue and white background. A yellow bar along the top has the words "Renewable Energy Task Force" written in white.

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."

Q & A

Have questions related to the Renewable Energy Task Force? Ask them here.

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    1. What are the projections for future electricity consumption by Stillwater through several decades? 2. Will the advent of electric cars significantly change electricity consumption in Stillwater? Some auto manufacturers plan to go all electric. 3. Will the Community Solar facility include battery storage? 4. Does Stillwater have a goal for residential solar electricity generation capacity? 5. If individual residential customers included battery storage with solar panel generation could they recharge the batteries from SEU electricity? Could increased battery storage in Stillwater buffer the community against power outages from weather extremes?

    Stephen Hallgren asked 7 months ago

    Hi Mr. Hallgren,

    Please see responses to your questions below:

    1. What are the projections for future electricity consumption by Stillwater through several decades? The Stillwater Electric Utility forecasts electricity load on a rolling 10 year basis. Historically the utility has seen a flat or slight decrease in annual customer usage with an increase in meter count. This is believed to be related to energy efficiency in new building construction and more efficient appliances. 

    2. Will the advent of electric cars significantly change electricity consumption in Stillwater? Some auto manufacturers plan to go all electric. The utility believes there will be an increase in electricity demand related to EV's, however has found it difficult to project what that will be and how quickly over time this will occur. 

    3. Will the Community Solar facility include battery storage? It could potentially include battery storage. It will all depend on if it is economically feasible. 

    4. Does Stillwater have a goal for residential solar electricity generation capacity? Not officially at this time, however the Renewable Energy Task Force is working on a recommendation which has not officially been adopted. The utility offers an attractive Net Energy Metering - Distributed Generation Rate Tariff

    5. If individual residential customers included battery storage with solar panel generation could they recharge the batteries from SEU electricity? Yes

    6. Could increased battery storage in Stillwater buffer the community against power outages from weather extremes? Batteries storage could help an individual customer during times of curtailment or power outage depending on the duration of the outage. However recharging the battery using the utility during extreme weather events (excessive heat or extreme cold) could place additional burden on the electric grid. In an event, such as the winter storm in February, once any utility scale battery storage had been discharged they were not allowed to recharge as they would have placed additional burden on the electric grid. 

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    OSU's Energy Guidelines have helped saved significant energy costs since 2007. Does COS have similar guidelines in place for municipal buildings? https://fm.okstate.edu/energyservices/energymanagement/energy-guidelines.html

    robin asked 9 months ago

    Good morning! We currently do not have similar guidelines in place for municipal buildings. Thanks for providing the guidelines for our review. Have a good day!

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    Good morning, I'd like to ask about local utility distribution efforts to upgrade distribution transformers to be more efficient. According to the website linked below, upgrading distribution transformers prematurely to more efficient designs may be worthwhile for the total cost of ownership and to reduce energy losses in the system, therefore using less energy overall. "The transformer manufacturers have reduced the no-load losses of silicon steel transformers by over 60 percent in the last 30 years. They have accomplished this reduction.." by several different changes in the design and manufacturing method. Are these efforts being made locally? Thank you! Link: https://www.copper.org/environment/sustainable-energy/transformers/education/trans_life_cycle.html (several relevant related pages, sidebar on the left for navigation)

    maloriec asked 9 months ago

    Good morning! Loren Smith, the Electric Utility Director for the City of Stillwater, provided the following response to your question:

    We do not currently have a program to change out distribution transformers prematurely. Our practice is to replace them when they fail with more efficient types as described above. Thank you! 

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    When is the next meeting? Is it open to the public?

    maloriec asked 9 months ago

    Hi there! The next Renewable Energy Task Force meeting is Thursday, October 14 from 5 - 6:30 pm in room 2073 at City Hall. Yes, all meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted at least 24 hours in advance and there is always a section on the agenda for public comments. Have a great day!

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    Hello, I saw this statement about the Renewable Energy Task Force: The Renewable Energy Task Force shall develop a plan by March 31, 2021, establishing clean energy goals and benchmarks through a transparent and inclusive stakeholder process that includes community members from organizations and groups most impacted by current energy systems. I am curious to learn progress of the task force toward goals and benchmarks. I could not find any information online. Please help. Steve Hallgren

    Stephen Hallgren asked 9 months ago

    Hi Mr. Hallgren,

    City Council extended the deadline to December 31, 2021 due to delays from COVID-19. The task force is making good progress and seem to be on pace to meet this new deadline. Thanks!

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    1. Who is the City’s lead contact for energy and environmental issues? 2. Are there any estimates of Stillwater’s current greenhouse gas emissions? This would be a helpful to know, if we are to measure our progress towards lowering the community’s impact. 3. Energy efficiency is essential to successfully transition to renewable energy. What steps will help reduce energy use, or improve efficiency, in public buildings, in new residential or commercial construction, and during building renovation projects? 4. How can Stillwater improve energy efficiency in City-owned vehicles?

    robin asked over 1 year ago

    These are great questions that will be discussed at the task force meetings.

Page last updated: 09 Nov 2021, 02:44 PM