Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Power Engineering Magazine Names CWLP’s Dallman 4 Project of the Year

City Water, Light and Power’s new Dallman 4 Power Station has been named Power Engineering magazine’s 2009 Project of the Year. The award was announced at the POWER-GEN International conference attended by power industry leaders in Las Vegas. Each year the magazine’s editors recognize some of the world’s best projects in four major categories: gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear and renewable.

Power Engineering named Dallman 4 the 2009 Project of the Year based on the utility's successes among a number of factors including the Sierra Club agreement, air quality and efficiency improvements and overcoming air permit challenges.

Mayor Tim Davlin said he is proud of Dallman 4’s success. “Getting through all of the obstacles and challenges that faced this project and to still come out ahead with these top industry honors is a testament to the hard work of the teams that made this happen.”

CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow said a lot was learned from Dallman 4’s success. “Having the various project teams among the partners work closely together to meet both the utility’s and contractor’s goals, allowed concerns and issues to be addressed immediately,” he said. “This open communication was key to limiting issues that would have impacted the project cost or schedule.”

The magazine also noted challenges that were overcome without causing costly construction delays. “Tighter emission standards meant design changes had to be made, even though project engineering and procurement were more than 50 percent complete…The final result was a project completed seven months ahead of schedule and within budget.”

Power Engineering also praised the payoff from the efficiency of the Dallman 4 Unit, saying a 34% unit efficiency improvement is expected to yield $12 million in annual operational savings.

Dallman 4, which had a contact completion date of April 2010, was completed on November 19, 2009. Projected to utilize up to 700,000 tons of Illinois coal annually, Unit 4 will be equipped with the most advanced pollution controls. More than 700 workers, representing nearly a dozen local labor unions, have been employed throughout construction of this project. A total of 1.7 million construction hours were logged in on Unit 4 to reach substantial completion.

Monday, December 21, 2009

17 DRUG ARRESTS MADE BY SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Seventeen people have been arrested as the result of a several months-long invetigation into the sale of drugs in the City of Springfield. Springfield Police Department’s Pro-Active Crime Unit and the Streets Crime Unit along with the Sangamon County State’s Attorneys Office today culminated that investigation.

Arrested as a result of this investigation were:

Levente Ingram, 22, 2100 block of E. Jackson, charged with unlawful delivery of a look-alike substance.
Trayvon Little, 23, 2700 block of S. MacArthur, charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance.
Aaron King, 37, 1400 block of E. Reynolds, charged with possession of control substance, possession of cannabis, and driving while license revoked.
Otis Edwards, 55, 1200 block of N. 8th, charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
Anthony W. Burrows, 48, 1200 block S. 15th St. charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
Todd Buchanan, 32, 1100 S. Pasfield, charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis.
Korey Craig, 26, of Springfield, charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis.
Titus Williams, 23, 3100 block of Butler, charged with possession of controlled substance.
Niccos Scott, 26, 100 block N. Park, charged with delivery of look alike substance.
Paul Hullum, 33, 800 block S. 13th, charged with manufacture/delivery of control substance.
Cory Norman, 27, 3200 block Red Oak Lane, charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis and possession of cannabis.
Alana Jackson, 26, 2100 block S. Renfro, charged with prostitution.
James Lacy, 34, 900 block of S.15th , charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance.
Ladrecaus Eddings, 38, 900 block of S. 15th, charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance.
Shane Reiterman, 35, 2100 block of S. 13th, charged with manufacture/deliver of cannabis and possession of cannabis.
Anthony Bridgeford, 48, 500 block of N. 13th , charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Dominic Wilson, 34, 2800 block of Stanton, charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Also assisting in execution the arrest warrants were members of the U. S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SPD REMINDS MOTORISTS OF TWO NEW DRIVING LAWS

Springfield Police Department Acting Chief Robert Williams today reminded Springfield motorists that two new laws aimed at cutting down on distracted drivers go into effect on January 1st.

The two new laws will:

1. Prohibit drivers from composing text messages or reading text messages while driving.
2. Make it illegal to talk on a cell phone will driving through a school zone or highway construction project.

“These two laws are aimed at curbing drivers who become distracted while using electric communication tools,” Williams said. “SPD Officers want to make our streets safe and these two new laws will be helpful.”

“Motorists are also encouraged to slow down and pay attention to posted traffic signs,” Williams said, “since these signs are aimed at giving motorists information.”

Monday, December 14, 2009

Part of Illinois Street to close.

Southbound Illinois Street will be closed between Lawrence and Fayette Avenues starting Wednesday, December 16 to repair a water service. The repair should take two days, weather permitting.

Motorists should avoid this area during heavy traffic times and be alert for workers on the pavement when driving through.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

POLICE INVESTIGATING AN APPARENT HOMICIDE

The Springfield Police Department is investigating the death of a 24 year-old Springfield man as an apparent homicide.

Police responded to a report at 12:45 a.m. today that a man appeared to have been shot and was sitting in an automobile in the 1200 block of West Mossman. When police arrived they found the man sitting in the car and the wound appeared to be from a gunshot.

One block of Monroe to close

Monroe Street, between Seventh ( 7th ) and Eighth ( 8th )Streets will be closed to traffic starting Saturday, December 12th, for crane operations. The lanes should be closed for one day, but may be delayed by weather.

Motorists should seek alternate routes to avoid the area.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CWLP COMMUNITY ENERGY FORUM THURSDAY

City Water, Light & Power is hosting its last Community Energy Forum of 2009 on Thursday, December 10 at noon at the INB Conference Center at Fourth & Jackson Streets. Items on the agenda at this brown bag luncheon meeting include an update on Dallman 4, details on new customer rebate programs as well as a report on progress for CWLP’s Energy Services Office’s strategic planning.

CWLP recently announced three new customer rebate programs for energy savings and efficiency improvements, which include a commercial retro-commissioning program, a high efficiency air conditioner rebate program and a commercial lighting retrofit program, CityLights. In September the City of Springfield was awarded $1.2 million in federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block grant funds to make these programs possible.

The CWLP Community Energy Meetings are designed to provide updates to the public on progress made regarding environmental and energy saving activities and to solicit suggestions and ideas from the community regarding energy programs and related issues. CWLP is using the input received from these meetings to enhance existing programs and develop new energy efficiency and conservation programs.
CWLP customers wanting more information on this forum, energy efficiency advice or rebate information may call the Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or visit the CWLP website at www.cwlp.com.

ARREST MADE IN DAVIS CLEANERS ROBBERY

Anthony Allison, 27, of Springfield has been arrested in connection with last Wednesday’s robbery of the Davis Cleaners, 1131 W. Jefferson St. Allison turned himself in to SPD Detectives on Monday.

Allison walked into the business late last Wednesday, demanded money and fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of cash. At the time of the robbery, Allison told employees he had a gun under his sleeve. Allison was on parole on drug and weapons offenses.

Monday, December 7, 2009

TWO SPRINGFIELD JUVENILES HELD IN CONNECTION WITH CAB HOLDUP

Two Springfield juveniles have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a cab driver Saturday night in the 1900 block of East Lawrence.

The victim told police officers the two juveniles called for a ride and when they got into the cab they displayed what he called a handgun and demanded money. While investigating the robbery police officers located the two suspects at Wheeler and Kansas Streets and made the arrest and took them into custody.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CWLP RESIDENTIAL A/C REBATES ARE BACK


Mayor Tim Davlin and City Water, Light & Power General Manager Todd Renfrow announced today that the utility is bringing back its High-Efficiency Air Conditioner Rebate program as another way to help residential customers reduce energy costs while reducing summer peak demand.

“We’re pleased to be bringing this rebate opportunity back to assist in reducing the cost of high efficiency air conditioning units,” said Mayor Davlin. “These are high value rebates because not only do they provide assistance with the up-front costs, but the customers also reap the benefits of lower summer bills on the electric side for the life of the unit, year after year.”

Renfrow said the utility benefits from reducing summer demand through such efficiency programs. “When summer demand is high, across the nation, surplus power is a profitable asset,” he said. “Through this rebate program, we project an annual energy savings of 1.4 megawatts that can be available for better market returns, which can equate to lower fuel adjustment charges on customer bills.”

Effective December 1, 2009, central air conditioning units installed by CWLP residential electric customers may be eligible for this new rebate on a first-come, first-served basis. The program, which can be paired with a current Federal Tax incentive program, will run over two years, has a total funding allocation of $200,000 and projects an average rebate of $270 per unit.

For more information visit www.cwlp.com.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sixth Street to close from Allen to Lawrence

Sixth Street from Allen to Lawrence will be closed to traffic from 11:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 2, 2009, to allow for the rededication of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Traffic will be detoured at Allen Street. However, local traffic headed to Springfield Clinic will be allowed through.