January 12, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter GO-TIME: Commonwealth Saves Local Governments $1.8 Million Through Innovative Electricity Program Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA –Local governments, school districts and others will cut their electricity costs by $1.8 million over the next four years, thanks to COSTARS, a state purchasing program that allows members to purchase materials at discounted prices, said Ken Hess, deputy secretary for the Department of General Services.“One of the Wolf Administration’s priorities is to create a ‘Government That Works’ by adding or creating value for the customers we serve,” Hess said. “The Expanded Electricity Procurement Program has proven its value as a successful way for COSTARS members to reduce their electricity bills and generate savings for their local taxpayers.”The state’s cooperative purchasing program, or COSTARS, allows its members – including municipalities, public authorities, school districts, and certain non-profits – to use state-awarded contracts to purchase a large variety of materials and services at lower prices.Since 2009, a collaboration between the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Procurement and the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) has competitively bid and awarded contracts for more than 7,000 electricity accounts among state government and a limited number of COSTARS members saving $4 million annually through 2019.Last year, through the Public Utility Commission, PSFEI amended its electric broker’s license to expand the electricity procurement program to all COSTARS members.“With the success we have experienced in saving our COSTARS members millions of dollars on their electricity bills, we are looking to increase the participation at our next electricity bidding event in April,” Hess said. “The more COSTARS members that participate in each event, the better the opportunity for obtaining the lowest possible pricing.”To participate in the commonwealth’s next electricity bidding event in April, interested COSTARS members need to register with Scott Harford of PSFEI, at [email protected] or 814-863-2090 by March 31, 2018.The Expanded Electricity Procurement Program is part of the department’s broader efforts to save money on goods and services purchased by state government, which have resulted in over $140 million in savings over the last two fiscal years. Overall, state agencies have saved over $373 million through this and other initiatives through GO-TIME.For more information on COSTARS or how to participate in the program, visit COSTARS online.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As if he unleashed the pent-up frustration stemming from three years’ worth of trade scenarios that never materialized, Pau Gasol stayed on the Lakers’ practice court showing off an array of post moves against a defenseless dummy.But as Gasol “murdered” the dummy as he joked afterwards, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti approached him with some somber news apparently delivered from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.“Mitch wants to see you,” said Vitti. But considering Gasol remained on the practice court well past the Thursday’s trade deadline that expired at noon PST, Gasol didn’t fall for the joke.“He’s been trying to have fun with it the last couple of days,” Gasol said, smiling. “It’s all good. We’re family here.” Kobe upset over Blake tradeKobe Bryant remained forever grateful for the Lakers front office granting him a two-year, $48.5 million extension even before his left Achilles tendon was fully healed. Even amid a season assured of a missed playoff appearance for the first time in nine years, Bryant expressed optimism last week that the Lakers would quickly reload during the upcoming offseason.Yet, Bryant appeared upset the Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for two seldom-used shooting guards in Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, a move that saved the Lakers $4 million in salary and luxury taxes.“Not cool with @SteveBlake5 being gone AT ALL,” Bryant tweeted. “One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor. GS picked up gem.”Injury updateLakers guard Steve Nash sat out Thursday’s practice because of nerve irritation in his back and remains day to day. Lakers forward Nick Young partcipated in some of Thursday’s practice, but his status against Boston remains unclear. Despite the Lakers dangling him in trade discussions for the third consecutive season, Gasol said he holds “no grudges or hard feelings.”“That’s what I preferred, to continue to play with our team and fight through this type of season,” said Gasol, who believes he will play tonight when the Lakers (18-36) host the Boston Celtics (19-36) at Staples Center after nursing a strained right groin that sidelined him for the past seven games. “Through adversity, you have to grow as a person.”Kupchak said “it’s absolutely an option” that the Lakers will re-sign Gasol when he becomes a free agent on July 1. But Kupchak added that it’s “unlikely” the Lakers will sign him to an extension beforehand because the Lakers want to maintain financial flexibility.Gasol also suggested he’ll have other options, too.“I’m pretty confident there will be,” Gasol said. “It’ll be nice to be in that position at least for a few days. Then I’ll be back in somebody else’s hands.”