Allegations of Bid Rigging Lead to Special LP&L Board Meeting

Lubbock Power & Light has called a special meeting for next Wednesday amid the Mayor’s call for a special investigation. LP&L might conduct its own investigation. UPDATED 2:19 PM
By James Clark

(LUBBOCK, TX) - Lubbock Power & Light has called a special meeting for next Wednesday, 9:00 AM, amid the Mayor’s call for a special investigation.  LP&L might conduct its own investigation.  Mayor Glen Robertson said Thursday afternoon there were allegations of bid rigging concerning contracts currently under consideration by LP&L.  The Council will consider the Mayor’s request for an investigation next Thursday.

LP&L is considering the construction of a new power plant or buying wholesale electricity after the spring of 2019.  LP&L has issued an RFP or request for proposals.  That’s just a fancy way of saying LP&L has gone out for bids.

Bids for city projects are tightly regulated by state and federal law.

Sources say there is evidence that confidential information was leaked to a company that is associated with one of the bidders. 

Mayor Robertson used the term “bid rigging” in his comments Thursday. 

On the LP&L agenda for next week is an item to discuss the job performance of LP&L's Chief Executive Officer Gary Zheng and the bids.  Another item will propose the hiring of an outside investigator.

Two members of the LP&L board called for the meeting Friday morning.  They are Marc McDougal and Clayton Isom.  McDougal had no public comment due to the Mayor’s call for an investigation.

Isom told EverythingLubbock.com, "It's a very serious situation."

He added, "Everyone involved deserves a thorough discussion and handling of the situation - not only the board but also the staff."

* Corrected: The special meeting is for Wednesday, not Tuesday. 


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