Power, phone savings add up



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The town stands to save about $6,800 a year by switching from Bangor Hydro Electric Company to Electricity Maine as its electricity supplier.

Bangor Hydro will continue to deliver the electricity, but the town will no longer pay the company’s “standard offer” rate. Electricity Maine is able to charge a lower rate on the power supply portion of customers’ bills because it buys electricity on the wholesale market.

Associate finance director Tabbetha Newenham told town manager Don Lagrange in a recent memo that she planned to make the switch, initially, for the water and sewer departments, which account for about 80 percent of the town’s electricity consumption. That change would save about $5,600.

Mr. Lagrange also has approved Ms. Newenham’s request to eliminate three telephone lines that she said the town doesn’t use and doesn’t need, for a savings of about $1,000.

At Ms. Newenham’s suggestion, Mr. Lagrange and the board of selectmen also have decided to start producing the annual town report in-house, a move that will save about $1,500.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]