Law firm releases findings on investigation into LP&L bidding process

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Updated: 1/21/2014 10:03 pm
The Ashcroft Law Firm released its findings on the investigation into the bidding process for LP&L, and found no wrongdoing on the part of the utility. 

"There was no evidence of any criminal behavior on the power of Lubbock Power and Light staff, we found no evidence of any personal gain on the part of any Lubbock Power and Light staff, and we found that the process they put in place was fair and confidential," Johnny Sutton, a partner in the firm, said. 

Sutton said LP&L CEO Gary Zheng gave the RFP in question, or "request for proposal", to a former member of Xcel for consultation. 

"But, one of our findings was the person who provided that RFP ended up being a consultant for one of the bidders in this case."

Sutton said the investigation showed Zheng had no idea the consultant was working with a potential bidder. He said the utility as a whole fully complied with the two-month long investigation. 

"we came to Lubbock on two occasions, stayed a number of days, and interviewed a number of LP&L employees," Sutton said. "Everyone was extremely cooperative, everyone was extremely forthright. We got complete cooperation everywhere we turned."

Board Chairman Greg Taylor said he hopes customers see this as a bit of a fresh start for LP&L. 

"We have a lot of work to do," Taylor said. "We've got to move forward in assessing what we are going to do for 2019. We've got a lot of fresh eyes on the project, and we've got to get going."

He said members will have a work session in the near future to reevaluate the bidding process, and decide where the board wants to go from here regarding future generation for the city. 
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