The Ohio Department of Transportation found a way to save $2 million a year and it has nothing to do with cutting jobs, reducing salaries or even buying cheaper supplies.
Instead, it's all about electricity.
ODOT has offices, garages and other facilities all over the state. Not surprisingly, according to ODOT Director Jerry Wray, there are a number of electricity providers. The department accepted bids from several providers that could serve all of ODOT's operations. DP&L Energy Resources submitted the best bid and will serve as the state's sole provider - at least for the next 24 months.
Wray says the annual savings is enough to pay for paving a 20-mile, two lane road.
He hopes to find a similar deal for natural gas service.