Carbon County is hoping to cut its electric bill.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed the upcoming special meeting, which will be held at the same time as the scheduled commissioners' meeting on March 13.

The meeting will be to accept electronic bids for electric services in all of the county buildings.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said a special email address will be set up for the bidding. The only time companies can submit bids will be between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., March 13.

Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard added that if a bid is received before 10:30 or after 11:30, it will be rejected.

Commissioner William O'Gurek noted that the county controller will have a computer set up in the meeting room to monitor bids coming in. That screen will be projected in the meeting room for the public to see.

"We wanted to make it as transparent as we could," he said.

Robert Crampsie, county controller, added that companies can only bid once, which is a change from the last two times the county held electric auctions, when companies were able to submit multiple bids, much like bidding at a real auction.

No bids will be opened until after the bid window closes.

Once bids are opened, the commissioners' will recess the meeting so bids can be reviewed. They will then reconvene that afternoon to award the contract.

In addition to the electric bidding, the county will be attending another electronic bid opening at the same time.

Nothstein said at 11 a.m., he will leave the open meeting of the commissioners, along with solicitor Daniel Miscavige and county administrator Eloise Ahner, to log into another computer to open bids for the bridge 16 project.

The project calls for replacing the bridge located on Koch Road in Towamensing Township.

These bids are currently being accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

"This is going to be a learning experience," he said.