Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has announced he will save taxpayers as much as $4 million through an agreement with energy service company (ESCO) for natural gas service at the Cedar Creek and Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plants.
“It is time to think differently and break the mold of typical government spending,” said Mangano. “It is a sign of things to come as we reform the way Nassau County serves the people.”
Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt applauded what he called Mangano’s creative thinking to help save the people money. “This is a great example of County Executive Mangano’s ability to think outside the box. He should be congratulated for his efforts to repair the fiscal mess he inherited,” said Schmitt.
The agreement ends a long-standing service agreement with National Grid. This is the first time the county would not receive its natural gas service from any company other than National Grid.
“There is a competitive energy market out there that we must take advantage of on behalf of all Nassau residents,” said Mangano.
Nassau expects to purchase more than 900,000 DTU’s of Rate 250 Code Firm Supply natural gas that will fulfill all the required needs at both Cedar Creek and Bay Park.
Currently, the county must deal with a variable monthly rate per therm. And ESCO has the capability of freezing all or a percentage of the annual thermal usage required by the plants. This enables a cap on spending, and should garner a savings of almost 15 percent on the last six months of the contract.
Once a low bidder is selected, the county’s Office of Purchasing will award a purchase order for 150,000 dekatherms of natural gas.
“Measures like these are crucial in restoring fiscal health to this county,” said Mangano. “The Office of Shared Services and this administration will continue to seek out such plans to bring relief to the taxpayers.”