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Naperville Files Lawsuit Against Calico Energy Inc.

 The City of Naperville filed a lawsuit on Friday, January 31 against Calico Energy Inc., the City’s contracted vendor to provide the ePortal website as part of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative. 

The lawsuit claims that Calico Energy Inc. was negligent in providing its contracted services and is therefore in breach of its contract with the City. 

The lawsuit describes the working relationship the City and Calico have had since 2010 and explains that Calico could not even produce a modified, reduced-functionality version of ePortal to the City. 

The suit requests Calico pay the City the $779,550 that had already been paid to Calico for their services plus damages. 

“Calico Energy Inc. is on the brink of bankruptcy,” City Attorney Margo Ely said. “As we sit here today without a functioning ePortal website for our utility customers, it is evident that this company failed to perform and does not have the capacity to perform any of its contracted work. We need to explore every avenue to recover our costs, including this lawsuit. It is the only responsible action to take on behalf of our ratepayers.”

Since the inception of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative, the City intended to provide its utility customers with ePortal, a website to view their electric usage, select from different electric rates and take part in optional energy saving programs. 

The utility industry has evolved since the City’s contract with Calico went into effect in 2010. City staff will be re-evaluating what types of on-line services are currently available and how those match with the City’s desired functionality in a website.

Source: City of Naperville press release 

NaperDad February 03, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Where was the City oversight? Were we not paying for results? If these are the kinds of contracts the City Council is handing out, I want the next one. I'll only charge $500K.
Buck Naper February 03, 2014 at 08:08 PM
http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/people/voices/fischer-NAP-09272013:article Incompetence or deceit? Here it is reported, "Curran tells me that initial e-portal availability is planned for the end of calendar year." (September 26, 2013). Yet today the city reports, " As we sit here today without a functioning e-portal website for our utility customers, it is evident that this company failed to perform and does not have the capacity to perform any of it's contracted work."
Buck Naper February 03, 2014 at 08:20 PM
http://cities-today.com/2012/09/can-smart-grids-deliver-beyond-the-hype/ September 2012 Curran is quoted as telling magazine, "We are excited, however, as we are launching the e-portal later in the year..." Per the City The 2010 Electric Rate Study "sharply underestimated the projected five-year cost of power, resulting in fee levels that drained the required $11.2 million dollar reserve as it created a $14 million 'negative cash flow' scenario" The Electric company is looking at $7.5 million worth of development,replacement, and relocation expense, NEARLY 90% of it UNFUNDED at this point. Exactly why has the public, and Council been so mislead?
Buck Naper February 03, 2014 at 08:44 PM
http://www.westmonroepartners.com/~/media/Files/Webinars/DR%20Webinar%20September%202011.ashx Didn't the City pay West Monroe Partners over $6 Million dollars? Here they is a presentation with Calico Energy. From the Recovery.gov website (June 30, 2013) "Critical issues still exist with Calico Energy, the e-portal/LCMS vendor, that prevent testing success and go live." "The Naperville Team and West Monroe Partners are working hand-in-hand to eliminate the remaining hurdles in order to reach the ultimate goal."
Buck Naper February 03, 2014 at 09:45 PM
The only thing "green" about the smart meters is the color of our taxpayer money and paychecks going to pay for crony business and nosebleed electric rates. We will have to sacrifice the care and comfort of our small children, elderly and sick as we are forced into economic rationing of power between the hours of 12 noon and 9 PM. America has plenty of power for our families, schools and businesses. This phony "Green Agenda" is all about paying a whole lot more for a whole lot less. We need energy to educate our kids, build our manufacturing, take care of our families, and compete in the global market. Illinois and Naperville are heading off the fiscal cliff.

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