Commissioners Look to Save Money on Electricity

by WHIZ Reporter on September 10, 2012 at 6:31 am

A proposed agreement could save the county thousands of dollars a month in electrical costs for its facilities.

Bill Bradish of Palmer Energy met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Monday to present his recommendations for cost savings.

Bradish said Palmer Energy consults with and represents the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and put out bids on behalf of the county.

"Recently we put out an RFP, getting proposals for electric rates on their county-owned facilities for the generation costs of the electricity," said Bradish.  "We have presented them with a recommendation for some savings on a monthly basis."

The proposed agreement could save nearly $8,000 per month of electricity costs over a 19 month period.

Bradish said now the contract must be approved by the Prosecutor’s Office, before the plan can go into action.

"Right now, there’s a draft of an agreement that is in front of the Prosecutor’s Office," added Bradish.  "They’ll review it, and see if they have any issues with the agreement, we’ll revise it when that happens, then the next step would be that we get a refresh from the supplier, and execute in the same day."

Palmer energy has aided nearly half of the counties in the state with similar electricity contracts.