Attorney tells Hermann aldermen exit from utility group could be costly, lengthy process

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hermann likely can get out of the contract that provides electricity to municipal governments but it will be expensive and it will be a lengthy endeavor.

So says Lee Curtis, the lead attorney in the law firm recently hired to represent the city in its efforts to leave the consortium of local governments — the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) — that sells electricity. Curtis Monday night offered the Board of Aldermen an update on the effort.

According to Curtis, whose firm represented Owensville in its successful bid to leave the consortium, the key to getting out of the deal appears to lie in Hermann’s ability to find a so-called “assignment city” to replace Hermann within the group of about three dozen cities that obtain electricity through   MoPEP (Missouri Public Energy Pool).

Curtis said the Owensville experience — which lasted several years — was not pleasant. “It was a difficult process,” he said.

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