Jeffrey Wells, Fort Morgan City Manager, provided an overview of the city's electric department to the committee. He noted that Fort Morgan has 25 percent more manufacturing than the average U.S. town and that resource affordability is critical for their customer base. He said that 47 percent of Fort Morgan's energy comes from renewable sources.
Mr. Wells discussed Fort Morgan's and other Colorado municipal utilities' membership in the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN), which is a nonprofit wholesale electricity supply organization covering Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Mr. Wells also discussed upcoming energy projects for the city, specifically a small hydropower project, and the community's interest in solar gardens.