City Files Lawsuit

The City of Naperville has filed a lawsuit against Calico Energy Inc. (CEI), the company they contracted with back in 2010 to provide the “ePortal” portion of the city’s smart grid initiative.

The lawsuit, filed on January 31st, claims that CEI failed to provide it’s contracted services, therefore being in breach of their contract with Naperville.

The “ePortal” was designed to help residents track their electric usage and select different energy rates, but was never launched to the public.

The lawsuit calls for Calico to pay the city $779,550.

“What we’re looking to do is recoup the dollars that we paid them, as well as damaged,” said Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager for the City of Naperville. “You can’t really quantify that right now, and it has to go through the legal process, but we hope to be successful and in fact we believe that we will be successful.”

The city also said in the lawsuit that Calico couldn’t even give the city a modified version of the “ePortal” to get services up and running.

Now, the city is researching new vendors to provide the “ePortal” service, because the utility industry has evolved in the nearly four years since they contracted with Calico.

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