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Akron village officials hope to reduce municipal energy bills as a result of participation with Newstead and the Akron Central School District in a cooperative plan for the bulk purchase of natural gas.

"We're trying to lower our already discounted natural gas rates by participating with the town and school in working with the Erie I Board of Cooperative Education Services," Mayor Michael F. Charles said. "The board is waiting for
feedback on this option."

In addition, he said board members recently received information on participating in a county discounted purchase arrangement with Iroquois Energy Management Inc.

The plan, however, has been found "not" to be a cost-saving option for municipalities, Charles said.

He added that it does appear to be a cost-saving solution in the residential and business areas, and noted possible discounts of 10 to 16 percent for energy purchase.

The Akron Planning, Budget and Technology Committee at its Nov. 9 meeting reviewed information on some options to reduce fuel costs and provide cheaper rates to village residents, businesses and nearby municipal entities.

The six-member committee also studied deregulation and the need to make the information more known to community members so "they can decide on what is best for them in this regard."

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