ACE continues mission of lowering natural gas rates through competition to benefit Nebraskans
The Nebraska Choice Gas program marks its 20th selection period April 13-27.
ACE – the Public Alliance for Community Energy – and Albion – a founding charter member – have participated in the Nebraska Chioice Gas Program every year since 1998. ACE is the only community-owned, not-for-profit natural gas supplier in the program AND the only supplier to participate in the program all 20 years!
ACE has three different pricing options available to suit your unique needs
– Visit www.ACEEnergy.org –
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The formation of ACE occurred largely out of the desire for small communities to have a public, not-for-profit voice in Nebraska natural gas service. Competition, community leaders believed, would benefit residents through lower rates.
“There was a lot of unrest in the gas business in the State of Nebraska cost-wise and distribution-wise,” said City of Ord Utility Superintendent Paul Markowski, who served as ACE board chair for several years. “The cost was skyrocketing and at that time the local gas provider decided that they were going to come up with a choice program… a few of the communities got together and saw an opportunity of adding competition. I’m sure at that time (the gas supplier) wasn’t counting on a (supplier) that wasn’t privately owned for profit to step into the Choice Gas program.”
The charter communities of ACE each paid a start-up fee to get the organization on its feet. The start-up fees were fully reimbursed to the communities after just five years of operation. Overall, more than $1.6 million has been returned to ACE member communities through ACE’s revenue return program. Recent returns have helped fund the Albion Family Aquatic Center, the Albion Sports Complex Ball Field resurfacing project, and an up-coming project to replace the Downtown Holiday Lights.
ACE’s membership now stands at 72 member communities and one public power district.
Striving to keep rates low and returning money back to Nebraska communities continues to be a winning formula for ACE.