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News Release    

October 2, 2008      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Executive Invites Localities & School Districts to Explore Options for Lower Priced Electric Supply

Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the county will host two informational meetings for all local government entities and school districts to learn about how they can participate in county government’s upcoming energy supply Request for Proposals.  

  • The first meeting will be held on Monday, October 6th at 7pm at the Farm & Home Center on Route 44 in Millbrook.   
  • The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 7th at 10:30am at Dutchess Community College (Bowne Hall, Room 122) in Poughkeepsie.

Dutchess County Government is currently finalizing a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be sent to Energy Service Companies (ESCO) for the supply of electricity for a one, two or possibly three year period.   All local municipalities, school districts and other special districts who are interested in finding out if energy savings can be achieved through the bid process are invited to participate in the County’s RFP. 

“This is a great opportunity for local municipalities and other entities to join with us to see if together we can save money on energy costs,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “It is far more efficient to work together on one RFP than for each municipality to go out and do the research on their own.”

The informational meetings will review the program specifics, the anticipated RFP schedule and participation requirements and will have a question and answer period.   However, municipalities are not obligated to attend either meeting to participate in the RFP process.

County government issued a similar RFP in 2005 in partnership with local municipalities, however due to market conditions following Hurricane Katrina, the prices received were higher than what was considered beneficial and therefore it was not pursued at the time.

“We look forward to working with local leaders to see if together we can achieve greater savings for our taxpayers,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.

For more information about the electric supply RFP or to RSVP for either informational meeting, please call Joseph Beahan, Building Administrator Dutchess County Department of Public Works, at (845) 486-2121.



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