Utility study could run as high as $1.3 million

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A plan to study utility rates in Kansas as could run as much as $1.3 million, lawmakers were told Monday.

Tom Day, director of Legislative Administrative Services, said the three bids for the study ran from $260,000 to $1.3 million.

He would not specify which consulting firm bid what amount or specify the amount of the third bid.

The firms who submitted bids were:

  • London Economics International of Boston.
  • Energy and Environmental Economics of San Francisco
  • Energy Ventures Analysis of Arlington, Va.

The state sent out requests for proposal to 19 firms and posted the document on the legislative website.

Two of the bidders responded to the online posting and a third company responded to the requests for proposal.

The study is essentially broken down into three phases with London Economics not submitting a proposal on the last phase.

Lawmakers asked for more time to study the proposals.

The Legislative Coordinating Council said it would pick a consulting firm next week.

The study’s cost has been a big question mark since it was authorized by the Legislature last session.

Some lawmakers worried that the study – originally estimated at about $1.1 million – could be costly since it must be completed in a tight time frame.

The first part of the study must be completed by Jan. 8.