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Scott has energy to undertake fundraiser

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Energy services provider Direct Energy said it will donate $15 to the Scott Township Athletic Association for every Scott resident or business that signs up for the company's fixed-price electricity program.

“From our perspective, this is a no-cost, no-work fundraiser,” association President Herb Ohliger said of the partnership with the company.

Direct Energy is among several electricity suppliers that are competing for customers in Duquesne Light Co.'s service territory, which includes Scott as well as much of Allegheny and Beaver counties.

“We don't generate electricity or natural gas,” Direct Energy publicist Julie Hendry said. “We just sell the price. We appear as a line item on their bill.”

Direct Energy and other power suppliers entered Pennsylvania in recent years after the state deregulated its electricity market. Customers can sign up with them to provide the electric supply portion of their utility service. Duquesne Light still delivers the electricity and maintains wires and poles.

Using a retail energy provider allows residents lock in a fixed price for their electricity rather than running the risk of fluctuating prices by going directly through the electric company, according to Direct Energy.

Direct Energy is just one of almost 20 fixed-rate retail energy providers hoping to bring in Duquesne Light customers.

Duquesne Light's current rate is $0.0989 per killowatt hour. Direct Energy's is $0.0799.

Ohliger said that while there is no way of knowing how much the association will make, every little bit helps. Customers who sign up will be on the billing cycle from June 2013 until July 2014, and residents can sign up until the end of the billing cycle.

“If we make $15, we make $15,” he said. “If we make a thousand, we make a thousand.”

Any money they receive through the fundraiser, he said, will go toward infrastructure.

He said the association has recently redone one Scott Park baseball field, and they are working on drainage issues there. In addition, the sidewalk has been made more handicap accessible.

“We're doing more in the next couple months,” he said. “It's always nice to have a few dollars to use.”

Ohliger said the next projects will include ramps and a sidewalk near the girls' softball field at Scott Park.

He's optimistic about the fundraising, though.

“Hopefully we'll get something,” he said. “Every dollar counts.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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