On January 1, 2010, the Parkland School District will begin a new agreement with PPL EnergyPlus to supply its electricity for the next year. The agreement will save Parkland School District approximately $600,000 in energy costs during the 12 month period beginning on January 1, 2010.
The school board approved an agreement with PPL EnergyPlus at a price tag far lower than it would have paid had it not chosen an alternative supplier when the state-imposed electricity rate caps expire on January 1st and prices will increase by approximately 30 percent.
John Vignone, Director of Business Administration at Parkland, stated, “Several months ago, we started searching in earnest for all possible suppliers that could deliver electricity to our buildings and then asked for pricing, trying to be as proactive as possible to get the best deal. PPL EnergyPlus offered the lowest price and we are pleased to be partnering with them.” Mr. Vignone praised its independent consultant ClearChoice Energy, of Pittsburgh, for providing vital guidance during these uncertain times of deregulation.
PPL EnergyPlus will supply the electricity, which will continue to be delivered to the district’s buildings by PPL Electric Utilities. “This is a textbook example of how the competitive market can help a school district like Parkland save on its energy costs,” said Gene Alessandrini, senior vice president of marketing for PPL EnergyPlus, the energy marketing arm of PPL Corp. “We’re actively serving business, industrial and municipal customers in the areas served by PPL Electric Utilities. It’s our job to find ways for them to save money by offering solutions to meet their specific energy supply needs. Whether it’s a school district business manager or a corporate buyer, the professionals who purchase goods to run their operations are discovering that shopping for electricity supply is no different than purchasing other essential commodities and related services. We’re excited to work with customers to find for them the best products and pricing options to make them more efficient and cost effective.”
Dr. Louise E. Donohue, Superintendent of Schools stated, “Mr. Vignone and the Parkland Board of School Directors are to be commended for proactively finding the best possible way to control the upcoming increase in electricity costs associated with the rate cap expiration. I could not be more pleased with the end result for our taxpayers.”