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Chambersburg council OK's agreement to sell power to Allegheny

May 10, 2001

Chambersburg council OK's agreement to sell power to Allegheny



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


The Chambersburg Borough Council Wednesday approved two agreements with Allegheny Power that will allow the borough to sell electricity it generates at off-peak times.

The borough's seven-megawatt generator augments the electricity supplied by Allegheny Power, said Electric Superintendent Richard Hamsher.

"We will continue doing what we did before, and at the times we don't generate for them, (the agreements) will allow us to make some additional money," Hamsher said.

He could not say how much revenue this will bring the borough.

"It's a total unknown. It's totally dependent on weather and conditions," Hamsher said.

The borough remains committed to generating electricity for Allegheny Power at times of peak usage, like the hot summer months.

Hamsher said he is working with brokers to find buyers for the borough's electricity, and they could include industries as far away as Tennessee or Kentucky. He assured the council that the region is in no danger of a power crisis similar to California's.

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Several councilmen expressed interest in the borough building a plant to supply electricity to the entire borough.

Hamsher will begin looking into the idea and report back to the council within a few months.

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