SIDNEY -- ACE, Public Alliance for Community Energy, represented by Mike Palmer, presented the City of Sidney with a check for $29,304.

The check was presented by Mike Palmer, Sidney's representative to the ACE board, during the February 27 city council meeting.

The check is the City of Sidney's share of $350,000 being distributed through ACE's revenue return program to the 76 Nebraska member communities of the not-for-profit, community-owned natural gas supplier. 

Through the program, the ACE board of directors may vote to return revenue to its member communities. The board approved the distribution at its January board meeting. Since forming in 1998, ACE has returned nearly $4 million to its Nebraska member communities, including more than $287,000 to Sidney. The funds are used in various ways to benefit each ACE member community, including helping fund community recreational projects, community swimming pools and park improvements. 

ACE was formed more than 25 years ago by Nebraska communities to provide competition in the Nebraska Choice Gas program while retaining local control. It also provides advocacy for Choice Gas customers and strives to keep revenue in Nebraska's ACE membership communities.

The 2024 Nebraska Choice Gas program selection period is April 4 through April 24. During this period, customers can choose a competitive rate and pricing option online at or by calling ACE at 800-454-4759. Selection forms will be mailed out to all eligible customers prior to the state of the selection period.

Learn more about ACE, its support of Nebraska communities, and its role in the Nebraska Choice Gas program at