Towns, Schools Save Money on Electricity Cost



BLUE HILL — Municipal and education officials in Hancock and neighboring counties are switching suppliers to get better prices for the electricity used in schools and other public buildings.

 

Town officials in Blue Hill expect to be paying less for the electricity used in public buildings in the coming year.

Anticipating saving as much as 13 percent in electricity charges for some town buildings, selectmen earlier this month voted 3-0 to purchase electricity from Glacial Energy, rather than continue with the standard offer program from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.

Scott Oliver, a business development manager with Glacial Energy, proposed the plan at the selectmen’s Dec. 4 meeting. According to the offer, Glacial would provide electricity for the town’s commercial buildings at a lower per kilowatt hour (kWh) rate than Bangor Hydro’s standard offer. The agreement requires no formal written contract and the town is free to return to the Bangor Hydro offer at any time at no cost.

Oliver said the potential to purchase electricity at lower rates is a direct result of deregulation, which divided the electricity business into three distinct functions: generation, transmission/distribution and supplier.

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