Energy Saving Proposal for Muskingum Cty

by Mark Bullion on June 6, 2011 at 6:50 am

If you’re an AEP customer, you might soon see a slight drop in your electric bill.

Palmer Energy, a company based out of Toledo, went in front of the Muskingum County Commissioners Monday to unveil an energy saving proposal for residents.

"It looks like from the bid or the quote they have so far, it’s about a 3 percent savings on the generation portion of people’s bills so about half of their bill would get about a three percent discount on the rate that’s been negotiated so far," said Brian Hill.

That 3 percent translates into about a 25 dollar a year savings for residents on AEP.

"It won’t be so much up to us. If townships decide to put it on the ballot or the city, they will have to name the county as the aggragator, but each township and village will vote on that and we will be out of it," said Hill.

Hill says the next step will be talking to all the townships, villages, and cities in Muskingum County, including holding public hearings if the county goes through with the program.

"That’s trying to hit a deadline of filing by August the 10th, so they’ve got a lot of work to do in the next couple months to get the townships that want to participate on board and if the townships decide they don’t want to be part of it, they don’t have to be," said Hill.

The program has already been successful in the First Energy utility area in the northern part of the state.