Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Commonwealth tells new ownership group a few conditions for takeover of Lake Anne cooling system.
The purchase of the Lake Anne-area's RELAC cooling system is nearly complete pending a few conditions from the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The SCC on April 30 approved the transfer of ownership with a few financial and legal specifics (see PDF attached to this story). Reston RELAC, a group comprised of local businessmen Michael Coleman, Craig Nyman and Mark Waddell, filed a proposal with the Virginia SCC in October. They are seeking to purchase the operation back from Aqua Virginia, which has run the system for nearly 10 years. The purchase price has not been disclosed. Waddell said in March the petitioners have gone through three sets of interrogative questions from the SCC. The SCC staff then filed a Staff Report approving …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Local group seeking to purchase Lake Anne water-powered cooling system needs public comments.
The group seeking to purchase the Lake Anne-area's RELAC cooling system will have to wait a while longer to know whether the transaction will go through. Reston RELAC, comprised of local businessmen Michael Coleman, Craig Nyman and Mark Waddell, filed a proposal with the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission in October. They are seeking to purchase the operation back from Aqua Virginia, which has run the system for nearly 10 years. The purchase price has not been disclosed. Waddell said in an email on Thursday they had hoped the deal deadline could be sped up because cooling season in late May is fast approaching. However, Fairfax County requested the public comment period be extended to March 29. The 180-day State …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Here's a recap of the highlights for Feb. 4-9.
Reston Patch moves pretty quickly. In case you missed any of our top headlines this week, we have them all in one place for a look back: Reston Association Milton Matthews Leaving His Job One RA Board Candidate Drops Out of Election Hyatt Regency Reston's Market Street Bar and Grill Closing in February RELAC Cooling System May Get Local Owners Reston's Tao Out on "American Idol" Never miss a thing - sign up for our free daily newsletter and get headlines in your inbox.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Local men want to take Lake Anne's unique water-run system back from Aqua Virginia.
A group of local businessmen is putting together a bid to purchase Reston's RELAC system from Aqua Virginia and improve and operate the aging water-based cooling system near Lake Anne. RELAC - or Reston Lake Anne Air Conditioning Corporation - has been the cooling system for about 300 Lake Anne-area homes since the mid-1960s. The system is powered by recirculated lake water from Lake Anne. Touted as state-of-the-art when it was built, nearly 50 years later it is oft-criticized for being inefficient. Keep up with all Reston news by subscribing to our free newsletter. Get the news delivered to your inbox daily by clicking here. The proposal, filed with the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission in October, says the new RELAC …
Friday, July 20, 2012
With Lake Anne way below typical water level, can water-run cooling system keep up?
Signs of drought can be seen all over Reston: withering flowers, browning lawns and low water levels in Reston's lakes. But what is a sore sight for Reston boaters and other nature lovers may be a much bigger issue for Lake Anne-area residents. About 300 homes near historic Lake Anne Plaza are cooled by RELAC (Reston Lake Anne Air Conditioning Corporation), a system that uses recirculated lake water. RELAC is now operated by Aqua Virginia, which says it has brought in a secondary pump to aid operations until water levels are back to normal. Reston Association President Ken Knueven says the water level at Lake Anne is about three feet below where it should be. Meanwhile, average July precipitation here is 3.67 inches. As of July 19, 0.76 …