Natural Gas and Electric Utility Aggregation
As approved by the residents of our community, Liberty Township operates an opt-out aggregation program for natural gas and electric utilities. This means that residents are automatically enrolled in a utility aggregation program, unless they individually opt-out of the program.
As stated on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s website, Ohio law allows local governments to form electricity buying groups on behalf of their citizens. These groups, known as governmental aggregations, leverage their “buying power” to solicit a lower supplier price for the electricity needs of their members. Opt-out governmental aggregation automatically enrolls all local residents, unless they individually opt-out of the program.
Upcoming Energy Aggregation Consultant Changes
On behalf of Liberty Township, the Energy Aggregation Consultant oversees securing natural gas and electric utility rates. Due to various circumstances, the Township’s current Energy Aggregation Consultant contract will not be renewed after July 22, 2021.
Prior to this ending date, participating residents’ natural gas aggregation switched to public utilities as of May 31, 2021, and electrical aggregation will switch to public utilities on July 22, 2021.
In an effort to protect and save your hard-earned income, the Trustees are in the process of evaluating options and various consultants in order to be able to make the best decision for the residents. No action is required of residents during this evaluation process.
The Board of Trustees will do everything that they can to make this temporary transition period as cost-effective, easy, and seamless as possible. Participating residents will only see a minuscule change in their rates during the time between the two contracts.
Ultimately, the Board of Trustees’ goal is to protect each resident and to ensure that they are receiving the best rates available.
Q: How does utility aggregation work?
A: An aggregator is a person or organization that brings a group of customers together. In this situation, the Township hires a contracted Energy Aggregation Consultant to oversee the process of choosing and negotiating rates with an electric and natural gas supplier. The Township’s residents benefit because the larger, aggregated load permits the Energy Aggregation Consultant to negotiate a rate with the competitive supplier that is lower than the traditional utility’s current standard service rate for individual customers.
Q: Why make this change and switch Energy Aggregation Consultants?
A: Due to various circumstances, but most importantly, having the best interest of Liberty Township residents in mind, their contract will not be renewed after July 22, 2021.
Q: Will my rates change when they default to public utilities?
A: Your rates will stay very close to your current rate—with only a minuscule change. The Board of Trustees will do everything that they can to make this temporary transition period as cost-effective, easy, and seamless as possible.
Q: How long will the selection process last?
A: The Board of Trustees will do everything they can do to secure a new consultant in a timely manner after the July 22 expiration date.
Q: What do I need to do throughout this process?
A: No action is required from residents.
Q: If I already have opted out of utility aggregation, will I be automatically enrolled when a new utility program is chosen?
A: To be excluded from receiving future opt-out notices for electric aggregation, customers may register with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to be placed on the "do not aggregate" list. There is no similar list for natural gas aggregation.
Three options are available to register with the PUCO on the "do not aggregate" list for electric aggregation.
- Complete and submit the online electronic form.
- Download and complete the printable PDF form and mail or fax it to:
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Attn: TeleText Services Division
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: (614) 466-0313
- Call the PUCO toll-free at (800) 686-PUCO (7826). Provide your name, service address and the customer account or identification number located on the utility bill.
For additional information regarding utility aggregation, please see the PUCO’s website: https://puco.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/puco/utilities/electricity/resources/government-aggregation
If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to Mike Schuiling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Township's offices at 740-938-2010.