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Natural Gas & Electric Aggregation programs

 

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City of Bay Village Natural Gas Aggregation Program

Voters in May 2015 approved an 'opt-out' natural gas aggregation program for our community by a record setting 87% margin.  The program is available to all residents and small businesses in the City. The theory behind aggregation is simple: By using bulk purchasing power, greater savings can be passed on to our residents and businesses. Through an aggregation program, our residents will join together with 200 other communities to negotiate better prices and consumer protections.  Without aggregation, individual households are then responsible for selecting a natural gas supplier that would not offer the same low pricing and protections available from an aggregation.  Our new Natural Gas aggregation will work in a similar manner to the electric aggregation approved by Bay Village voters in 2010. 

The City of Bay Village has selected the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council or NOPEC to best manage our new natural gas aggregation program.  NOPEC is a nonprofit government aggregation that has become the largest energy aggregation in the nation. NOPEC provides low-cost electricity and natural gas to more than 750,000 customers in 13 Northeast Ohio counties.  

Unlike the many private, for-profit companies now marketing in Ohio, NOPEC is a not-for-profit public aggregation of local governments, with no goal other than delivering both savings and stability to the consumers it represents. As you are aware from solicitations that you receive, private for-profit energy suppliers sometimes use special offers and gimmicks to attract customers.  Because NOPEC is made up of a council of local governments, their pricing is a safe reliable way to ensure competitive long term pricing for natural gas. Check www.nopecinfo.org for details.

This new aggregation program provides our residents and businesses a discounted supply of natural gas.  Columbia Gas of Ohio will continue to deliver the natural gas to your home or business, offer the same budget billing options, repair the pipes, meters, and will continue to send you your utility bill.  Nothing changes other than the discounted energy supply available through this new natural gas aggregation. 

Since this is an "Opt-Out" program, those wishing to participate will be automatically enrolled. No action is necessary to participate.  Those wishing to opt out can also easily do so by following the instructions in the Opt Out letter. NOPEC is required to send opt-out letters to residents every two years.

 

 

ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PROGRAM UPDATE - September 2019 

Welcome to Bay Village's electric aggregation program which provides you with exclusive pricing on the electric generation portion of your electric bill.   This is possible through governmental aggregation, a community purchasing program where community officials use group buying power to purchase electricity from a retail electric generation supplier certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.   This program was approved by Bay Village voters in May 2010.

 

How You Benefit

By participating in this aggregation program, you are eligible to receive the following exclusive pricing through: November 2023

 

 

Your Electric Utility

Fixed Price

Current Term End*

Early Termination Fee

Residential

The Illuminating Company

5.04 cents per kWh

November 2022

None

Small Business

The Illuminating Company

5.04 cents per kWh

November 2022

None

 

FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., has been selected by Bay Village to provide your electric generation. If you're not already participating, this is your chance to join.  If you're already participating, this is your opportunity to continue the benefits of the program.

 

Same Reliable Service

Your electric utility will continue to maintain the system that delivers power to your home or business - no new poles or wires will be built by FirstEnergy Solutions.  You will continue to receive a single, easy-to-read bill from your local electric utility with your FirstEnergy Solutions charges included.  There is no cost for enrollment, you will not be charged a switching fee, and you do not need to do anything to participate.

 

Enrollment Information

If you are not currently receiving electric generation from FirstEnergy Solutions, your electric utility will send you a letter confirming your selection of FirstEnergy Solutions as your electric generation provider.  As required by law, this letter will inform you of your option to cancel your contract with FirstEnergy Solutions within seven days of its postmark.  To become a member of the community's electric governmental aggregation program, you don't need to take any action when this letter arrives.   If you are currently enrolled in the community's aggregation program, you will not receive a letter from your electric utility.

 

Opt-Out Information

If you are a new member of the program, your future bills will reflect the electric price listed above from FirstEnergy Solutions after your enrollment has been completed and your switch has been finalized - approximately 30-45 days, depending upon your meter read date.   Of course, you are not obligated to participate in the community's electric governmental aggregation program.   If you do not want to participate in your community program, you have until the opt-out deadline to return the attached "opt-out" form below.   If you do not opt out at this time and leave the program at a later date, you might not be served under the same rates or terms and conditions that apply to other customers served by your utility.  

 

*Once enrolled, you will receive a notice at least every three years asking if you wish to remain in the program. 

 

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions and FAQs for more information. The City of Bay Village has selected FirstEnergy Solutions to handle questions regarding your community-approved electric aggregation program. If you have any questions, please call FirstEnergy Solutions toll-free at 1-866-636-3749, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.