Mayor Glen Robertson said it will be the biggest contract ever signed in Lubbock's history. It's a project to supply Lubbock's electric power generation needs after Xcel's current contract expires in 2019.
Now with the clock ticking and potentially billions of dollars on the line, he wants the bidding process that nearing completion stopped and scrutinized. Robertson said he'll ask City Council next Thursday to launch an investigation into the request for proposals and the bidding process.
He said he wants to shine some light on questions raised by a third party that were discussed behind closed doors at Wednesday's Lubbock Power & Light meeting.
"I've received information that there are sources that say that it's been a corrupt process," Robertson said. "The LP&L Board did not seem willing to take action. The first thing we're going to have to do in my opinion is reject any and all bids, and I have asked to launch an investigation into this process. We need to find out was there any wrongdoing."
Robertson said the pending purchase power project contract has the potential of having a value of between $6.5-to-$8 billion over a 30-year period.
Utility Board Chairman Gail Kring told FOX 34 that he had no comment at this time on the issue.