By Roxanne McKnight
County commissioners approved the final contract its electricity broker worked out for the county, with the rate dropping about 44 percent for the county and about 43 percent for the Limestone County Detention Center, whose electricity is supplied by a different provider.
The county uses a company called Texas Energy, which helps businesses and other entities find the most competitive energy rates. The court approved at its June 22 meeting allowing Texas Energy to pursue the deal, and the court approved the contract with TXU Energy at its July 13 meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen told the court the new contract will begin in June 2017, when the current contract with Hudson Energy expires. Hudson is charging about 8 cents a kilowatt hour, Burkeen told the court at the previous meeting.
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