CMPAS offers support services a la carte. A municipal utility can enter into one or more contracts and purchase as much expertise, information, power and transmission as they need without being a full member. By making these services available on a cost-sharing basis, the agency is able to lower the service costs to its full members through collaboration with participating non-member affiliates.
CMPAS utility support services include:
- Planning Support
- Power Supply Planning
- Portfolio Risk Analysis
- MISO Market Support
- Energy Scheduling and Settlements
- Congestion Hedging
- Transmission Support
- MISO Tariff Recovery
- Transmission Studies and Service
- Energy Conservation and Efficiency Support
- Distribution Mapping and Distribution Planning
Participation in CMPAS provides access to specialized industry expertise and a forum of peer utilities facing similar challenges. This includes access to power supply coalitions and transmission ownership opportunities.
Collaboration through Coalitions
By collaborating with other municipals on projects, both CMPAS members and non-members can save on professional and consultant costs. This arrangement creates a mutually beneficial win-win situation for all parties. It produces more rigorous and comprehensive analyses of alternatives to address needs at lower costs than if each municipal conducted its own analysis. Coalition efforts also increase overall aggregated need in the request for proposal (RFP) process and usually result in more bids and competitive pricing.
In addition, CMPAS can also provide customized power supply/resource planning studies to indiviudal non-members for a fee.