The Muskingum County Commissioners are exploring options to save money on electricity costs.
Monday the Commissioners spoke with Gretchen Blazer of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and raised questions about the benefits and risks of entering into a contract for a fixed electrical rate for the county.
Commissioner Jerry Lavy said the county has received many offers from electric suppliers and entering into an agreement could save the county $8,400 per month.
"In the long run, it will definitely save us money," said Lavy. "We’re working with the County Commissioners Association as well and they have some information that is provided to us, so in the long run, yes, the bottom line is that it will save the county money."
Lavy said the process is similar to a residential rate contract with the price per kilowatt hour locked down for a period of time.
The county’s rates and plan would be brokered through Palmer Energy, which serves the County Commissioners Association.
While the savings would be good for the county, Lavy said there are some concerns with entering in to a contract.
"Some of the concerns could be, maybe as time goes on, maybe the rates might be lower," said Lavy. "Can we get out of our contract without a fee? Some of them, you can opt out with no fee and others there is a fee and they all vary in different prices."
Other agencies in the county, including the Muskingum County Center for Seniors are looking into similar programs to cut back on the cost of electricity.