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File #: 2009-0543    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Lapsed
File created: 9/14/2009 In control: Physical Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2010
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: AN ORDINANCE adopting an energy price risk program.
Sponsors: Dow Constantine
Indexes: Energy
Attachments: 1. 2009-0543 Attachment A. Energy Price Risk Management Policy-King County ("Policy"), 2. 2009-0543 Transmittal Letter.doc
Clerk 09/10/2009
AN ORDINANCE adopting an energy price risk program.
1. King County's transit financial policies call for stability in funding the operating program of the department of transportation, transit division.
2. The cost of energy, including diesel, biodiesel and gasoline fuel, is the single largest uncontrollable expenditure for the transit division and energy prices have experienced unprecedented volatility during the past two years.
3. The Washington state Legislature passed Chapter 126, Laws of Washington 2008, Section 2, codified at RCW 35.58.262, which gave the county, through its assumption of the powers of the metropolitan King County municipal corporation, authority to implement strategies to reduce energy price volatility, including futures contracts, hedging, swap transactions, options contracts, costless collars and storage.
4. The markets for energy futures at the New York Mercantile Exchange ("NYMEX") are transparent and liquid, and all contracts have been honored in the NYMEX's one-hundred-thirty-five-year history of trading commodities and over thirty years of trading energy futures.
5. The transit division has already partially mitigated price fluctuation impacts on its energy budget by utilizing long-term fuel purchase contracts. However, these pre-purchased energy contracts result in higher costs than could be realized by the use of NYMEX futures and options because the pricing includes premiums for the risk assumed by the distributor and the refiner that are passed along to King County.
6. The prices of NYMEX energy futures contracts are highly correlated with King County's energy purchase price and therefore meet the test of an acceptable hedging instrument according to the Government Accounting Standards Board Statement 53, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Derivative Instruments.
7. Purchasing futures and options reduces the energy price risk facing the transit ...

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