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Discount could earn extra cash for Brentwood schools

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

A “friends and family” discount from a national service provider could net a savings in energy bills for Brentwood Borough School staffers and residents, while bringing in additional cash for the district.

Board members at their meeting Monday are set to vote on a motion to participate in the FirstEnergy Solutions Friends and Family Revenue Sharing Initiative for school entities, coordinated through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, in conjunction with FirstEnergy and the Western Pennsylvania Electricity Consortium.

The program provides a discounted rate on energy bills for those that switch their energy supplier to FirstEnergy while giving the selected school district, such as Brentwood, $10 for each enrollment.

“We all get to pick our energy supplier,” said Superintendent Ronald Dufalla to the board at their agenda setting meeting Monday, noting that he noticed a savings on his own bills with a switch to the friends and family program through FirstEnergy.

The discounted rate is guaranteed to Penn Power, West Penn Power and Penelec customers through September 2014 and Duquesne Light customers through December 2014.

Current FirstEnergy customers cam call and ask to be added to the district's friends and family deal, business manager Jennifer Pesanka said.

The district will start by distributing fliers about the program to staff members, Pesanka said, and possibly, then, announce the discount in the community.

Enrollment can be completed online, she said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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