County approves ‘cost saving’ energy contract Thursday
CAMERON—Milam County commissioners, meeting in a rare Thursday session due to the Memorial Day holiday the previous Monday, okayed a new energy contract they anticipate will save taxpayers over $123,000 in a four-year period beginning in 2014.
Commissioners voted unanimously to contract with Champion Energy Service through the Texas Energy Aggregation, a Waco brokerage-consulting firm.
Tom Poe of the Texas Energy Aggregation advised commissioners to sign a long-term contract, noting that an anticipated slowdown in natural gas production will probably increase energy rates.
The county’s current contract with Public Power expires in 2013.
Poe’s proposal was to lock in a rate of 8.1 kilowatt hours—compared to the current 9.61—over a four-year period beginning in January, 2014.
County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the contract would insure the county doesn’t get burned by rising energy costs when the current pact expired.
“Probably now is a good time to look at a long- ter m dea l because gas prices are so low,” he said. “It’s a good time to make what I’d call an investment.”
Barkemeyer estimated the new contract would save just over $30,000 per year, or $123,000 for the four-year period.
Also, Texas Energy Aggregate will perform an energy audit of the county, which could result in additional savings, he said.
In other business, commissioners:
• Heard that B&B Construction of Bryan was low bidder on the proposed Milano Community Center/evacuation center. Bids will be discussed and considered during the commissioners’ Monday meeting.
• Okayed an interpretation of county subdivision requirements allowing the compliance office to grant variances before court approval.
• Allowed TexHealth Central to operate in Milam County and named Chris Dyess as TexHealth representative.