The services MEGA provides to municipalities received positive comments in today’s Ithaca Journal, which stated:
“Chalk up some savings for taxpayers in the Southern Tier, with the City of Elmira joining up with the cities of Binghamton and Ithaca to get gas and electricity from the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance.
The alliance is one of the region’s quiet success stories that is producing big savings for taxpayers. Since 2001, the Ithaca-based non-profit has gotten municipalities, school districts and businesses good deals on energy by making — well, MEGA group purchases.
The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance now has dozens of partners across nearly every upstate county, including most towns in Broome, Tioga, Tompkins and Chemung counties.
The savings on electric and gas can be substantial. Elmira expects to save about $4,000 a month than what it paid its previous energy supplier.
Comparing the dozens of plans to get the best deal for gas or electricity is tough work, as any homeowner knows. And after all the calculations, a homeowner may find just a small difference in energy costs.
But for big consumers of power, such as cities, counties and school districts, choosing the best deal for kilowatts and therms can mean significant savings.
The lower costs resulting from group purchasing through organizations like the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance is exactly the kind of consolidation that pays off for taxpayers and allows public budgets to stay at or below a tax cap.
Check the alliance’s website at megaenergy.org to see a list of local governments and schools that have signed up for the low-cost energy plan.”