Dealing with the Difficult Utility

by Douglas E. Keats, STS HydroPower Ltd, Northbrook, United States,
Mark J. Sundquist, STS HydroPower Ltd, Northbrook, United States,
John P. Cross, STS HydroPower Ltd, Northbrook, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The experience of an independent hydroelectric power developer, STS HydroPower, Ltd. (STS), involved in the full scope of hydroelectric activities is desribed. The purpose of the paper is to examine those options and procedures available to the developer when a utility is encountered with negative predisposition towards independent projects. The basic issues discussed include: overcoming initial reservations, overcoming negative utility publicity, contract negotiations, defining and coordinating utility construction criteria, enforcing construction schedules, maintaining a long term working relationship to assist in the operational coordination of the functioning site. Examples of problems encountered in dealing with utilities and guidelines for working with a difficult utility are presented. Patience and perseverance are stressed.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Electric power | Hydro power | Power plants | Scheduling | Negotiation

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