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The city has saved almost $64,000 this year, thanks to electricity deregulation, according to its energy consultant.

Mayor Kenneth D. Swan released a letter from William R. Green, president of Energy Enterprises, which put the savings for the first 11 months of the year at $63,967.

The city awarded a contract in December 1998 to Advantage Energy of Westfield to supply electricity. That company is paid 15 percent of the savings as a fee. The $63,967 is the city's savings after the fee, Green said.

The city took advantage of the pilot deregulation program offered by New York State Electric & Gas Corp. last year. The program is now statewide.

The savings are legitimate, said City Clerk and Budget Director Richard P. Mullaney.

"It's not that our (electric) consumption is down," he said.

The city's utility bill, excepting water and sewer, was $137,781 for the first 11 months of the year, down 38.3 percent from the $223,461 spent in the same period in 1998.

Bills were $17,000 lower at the water-filtration plant, $10,000 lower at the waste-water treatment plant, $763 higher at the composting plant and $13,000 higher for pumping water from the Niagara River.

Green said Energy Enterprises, which is based in Lakeville, Livingston County, is working with the city on natural gas purchases and an effort to save money on street lighting.

He said the city's annual utility-related expenses are about $100,000 per year lower than they were before these efforts began.

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