Governmental aggregation is an easy and effective way for a large group of consumers to save money on their energy bills. Under governmental aggregation, local officials bring citizens together to gain group buying power for the purchase of competitively priced electricity or natural gas from a retail generation supplier certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Residents must vote to allow the community to contract for a generation supplier on their behalf.
Example Ballot Question: “Shall the Township of Madison have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the township of Madison, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?”
First, the governmental aggregation issue must be placed on the ballot and then passed by a majority of the voters. Once passed, all eligible residents and small businesses in the community will be enrolled and will begin receiving the discounted generation pricing under the program. Residents do not need to do anything to join the program. However, anyone who does not want to participate in the program can easily opt out by returning a form, which will be mailed to all eligible members.
“Opt out” means that you can decide not to participate in your community’s governmental aggregation program. By returning the opt-out form, sent to you after approval in May, by the opt-out deadline you will not be enrolled as an electric or natural gas generation customer with your community’s competitive generation supplier, and you will not receive the discount.
Governmental aggregation is designed so it is easy for residents to save money on their energy bills. So, if you do not return the opt-out form postmarked by the due date, you will be included in the community’s governmental aggregation program and will begin receiving competitively priced electricity or natural gas from the community’s competitive generation and or transmission supplier.
Yes, you will be sent a notice at least every three years (electric) or two years (natural gas) asking if you wish to remain in the program. At that point, you may opt out at no cost. However, if you leave the program at any other time for any reason other than moving, you might be subject to a small cancellation fee from the supplier.
You can stay with your current utility, which will continue to supply your electricity or natural gas as it always has, or you can shop for an alternative generation supplier.
If you have already switched to another supplier on your own, you will be removed from the aggregation program. You may, however, cancel your current contract and join the community program. You need to first determine if your current supplier would charge an early termination fee to cancel.
Your local electric utility will be responsible for the delivery of power to your home or business. Since your local electric utility still owns the wires and poles that deliver power to you, it will continue to read your meter and restore power after an outage. The aggregation program will have no impact upon the reliability of service you receive. The same goes for natural gas.
Typically, you will receive one bill from your local utility, such as AEP Ohio Power or Columbia Gas, that contains your charges for distribution and maintenance service from the utility as well as the new supplier charges for generation and transmission. You can remain on budget billing, however, the budget billing program does not apply to your charges from the new supplier. Your total charges with your new supplier will fluctuate from month to month according to your usage.
If you have any questions, please call Trebel, LLC at 1-877- 861-2772, Monday through Friday between 8am-5pm.