Chambersburg. The borough has the only municipal electric system in the state that generates some of its own electricity. In fact, Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill says Chambersburg sells some of that power to the regional grid."As we sell generated electricity into the grid, we receive income and that income is used to offset the cost of electricity to our customers," he says. "Since the beginning of the year, our generation business has been doing quite well and we're able to use the proceeds from that business to lower everybody's electric bill." Borough Council is expected to consider a two-phase price decrease at a meeting tonight. The first cut would kick in immediately and lead to a reduction of $10 a month for the average residential customer. The second would take effect in November and reduce monthly rates by $19 compared to the current figure. Stonehill says there's risk involved because sales could drop off. But, he adds, officials want to cut rates to provide residents with some much-needed relief. The proposal would also waive fees for re-connecting electric service and provide free compact fluorescent light bulbs to customers."> Chambersburg. The borough has the only municipal electric system in the state that generates some of its own electricity. In fact, Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill says Chambersburg sells some of that power to the regional grid."As we sell generated electricity into the grid, we receive income and that income is used to offset the cost of electricity to our customers," he says. "Since the beginning of the year, our generation business has been doing quite well and we're able to use the proceeds from that business to lower everybody's electric bill." Borough Council is expected to consider a two-phase price decrease at a meeting tonight. The first cut would kick in immediately and lead to a reduction of $10 a month for the average residential customer. The second would take effect in November and reduce monthly rates by $19 compared to the current figure. Stonehill says there's risk involved because sales could drop off. But, he adds, officials want to cut rates to provide residents with some much-needed relief. The proposal would also waive fees for re-connecting electric service and provide free compact fluorescent light bulbs to customers."> Chambersburg. The borough has the only municipal electric system in the state that generates some of its own electricity. In fact, Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill says Chambersburg sells some of that power to the regional grid."As we sell generated electricity into the grid, we receive income and that income is used to offset the cost of electricity to our customers," he says. "Since the beginning of the year, our generation business has been doing quite well and we're able to use the proceeds from that business to lower everybody's electric bill." Borough Council is expected to consider a two-phase price decrease at a meeting tonight. The first cut would kick in immediately and lead to a reduction of $10 a month for the average residential customer. The second would take effect in November and reduce monthly rates by $19 compared to the current figure. Stonehill says there's risk involved because sales could drop off. But, he adds, officials want to cut rates to provide residents with some much-needed relief. The proposal would also waive fees for re-connecting electric service and provide free compact fluorescent light bulbs to customers."> Chambersburg could slash electric rates | News | witf.org
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Chambersburg could slash electric rates

Written by Casey Houtz | Jun 14, 2010 8:55 AM

(Chambersburg) -- At a time when electric bills for most of the midstate are on the rise, rates could be headed the other way in Chambersburg. The borough has the only municipal electric system in the state that generates some of its own electricity. In fact, Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill says Chambersburg sells some of that power to the regional grid."As we sell generated electricity into the grid, we receive income and that income is used to offset the cost of electricity to our customers," he says. "Since the beginning of the year, our generation business has been doing quite well and we're able to use the proceeds from that business to lower everybody's electric bill." Borough Council is expected to consider a two-phase price decrease at a meeting tonight. The first cut would kick in immediately and lead to a reduction of $10 a month for the average residential customer. The second would take effect in November and reduce monthly rates by $19 compared to the current figure. Stonehill says there's risk involved because sales could drop off. But, he adds, officials want to cut rates to provide residents with some much-needed relief. The proposal would also waive fees for re-connecting electric service and provide free compact fluorescent light bulbs to customers.

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