Council saves on gas and power bills

The Town of Rimbey has opted to take part in the 2014 ASC Energy Program, expecting to realize savings in next year’s electricity

The Town of Rimbey has opted to take part in the 2014 ASC Energy Program, expecting to realize savings in next year’s electricity and gas costs.

CAO Tony Goode said the town will see cost savings of about $160,000 on gas and electricity bills next year by taking part in the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation’s energy program for the procurement of electricity, natural gas and a green power component.

“ASC Energy members who were included in the first round of procurement have seen approximately 40 per cent savings on their energy costs,” Goode said.

AMSC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) that provides aggregated services to member municipalities, their employees, associate and community related and not-for-profit organizations.

It was launched in 2001 in response to members’ needs when Alberta deregulated its electric utility industry. The municipalities that have participated in the program have benefited through the cost effective supply of aggregated energy, natural gas, electricity and optional green power.

Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson said belonging to the program is an excellent way to garner savings and will benefit the town.

“It’s an opportunity to save the $150,000 (or more) and this money can be used for other purposes such as infrastructure and public works, recreation — wherever it is needed.”