Central Municipal Power Agency and Services (CMPAS) serves as a municipal, consumer-owned, non-profit organization providing energy management and consulting services for its electric utility members and affiliates.
Formed by municipal utilities as a project agency, the CMPAS business model allows utilities to join as a partial or full-requirements member and to possess their own individualized portfolio. Within this project-oriented framework, CMPAS collaborates with municipals to find solutions to common problems and needs, leverage purchasing power, create economies of scale, and share costs for staff expertise, project development, management, and administration.
CMPAS delivers consultative advice and procurement services for power supply, transmission, and MISO market services. Specializing in resource planning and serving as a municipal utility portfolio advisor, CMPAS identifies strategies, sponsors the development of generation and transmission projects that meet utilities’ desired objectives and provides operational support by scheduling utility portfolios in the MISO daily energy market. As both a power agency and service organization, CMPAS works to help utilities minimize wholesale power costs, manage future risks, and maintain stable and competitive rates.
Value of Collaboration
The Agency's project-oriented business model allows for collaboration that positions participants in a mutually beneficial way. After identifying needs, CMPAS coordinates the needs of members, affiliates and other entities to share the costs of industry expertise and leverage the financing of portfolio projects. Through collaborative partnerships, CMPAS can lower the cost of needed planning services and offer members and affiliates power supply, transmission and energy market services at competitive rates.
Independent-minded utilities can participate in CMPAS's project-based framework in a variety of ways:
Full and partial requirements member receive services that include customized resource planning, due diligence checks, and risk analysis. Members cost-share on a proportional basis the projects and services they individually select by subscribing to specific agency services. Members also participate on the agency's board of directors, and although they are not obligated to participate, members hold preference rights to agency-sponsored power supply/transmission projects.
2. Fee-Based Services
Municipals can choose power supply planning and MISO energy scheduling on a subscription basis. Other specialized fee-based services include:
The CMPAS-sponsored Savings Plus Program offers customer rebates for energy efficient purchases. Businesses can also receive complimentary energy efficiency consulting.
Subscribers can contract for consultations and access a comprehensive planning, mapping, and modeling technology platform that supports local geographic information systems.
3. Joint Power Supply Studies/Request for Proposals
For utilities facing similar generation and transmission needs, CMPAS leads and organizes collaborative power supply planning studies and request for proposal efforts.
4. Agency-Sponsored Projects
CMPAS facilitates participation in agency-sponsored projects such as the CAPX Brookings transmission project and the Point Beach Nuclear purchase.