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June 17, 2014

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GREENVILLE — Officials with the local electric utility system are scheduled this week to consider rules on what the company should do in the event of an outage at a transmission station belonging to the Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA).

The GEUS board of trustees intends to vote on approving the first responder agreement during its regular session,  starting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the GEUS Operations Center, 6000 Joe Ramsey Boulevard in Greenville.

The TMPA is comprised of GEUS, as well as the the electric utility systems in the cities of Bryan, Garland and Denton. The TMPA operates the Gibbons Creek coal-fired electric generating plant, which provides power to the communities. The TMPA has approximately 260 miles of transmission lines and several substations located near the member cities.

A memo to the board indicates that an agreement must be in place which designates who will respond in case of an outage affecting lines or equipment. According to the agreement, the TMPA and member city representatives have met and identified the responsibilities required of a first responder when an outage on a TMPA line or in a substation occurs.

Facilities have been grouped under the agreement in relation to their proximity to the cities. The agreement outlines responsibilities, allocates facilities, establishes equitable financial reimbursement for personnel and equipment, and lists primary points of contact.

The agreement is not expected to have any impact on the GEUS annual budget.

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