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What You Need to Know About Community Choice Aggregation

Ohio law allows for local communities to join their residents together to shop for electricity and natural gas as a group, thereby gaining bulk buying power to solicit the lowest price for the group’s electricity and natural gas supply needs.

Ohio Revised Code 4928.20 – Local Aggregation of Retail Electric Loads states the following:

The legislative authority of a municipal corporation may adopt an ordinance, or the board of township trustees of a township or the board of county commissioners of a county may adopt a resolution, under which, on or after the starting date of competitive retail electric service, it may aggregate in accordance with this section the retail electrical loads located, respectively, within the municipal corporation, township, or unincorporated area of the county and, for that purpose, may enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity

If approved by the majority of voters, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows your community to join MANY others (view map of communities) and participate in a program that will secure lower electricity and natural gas rates for all eligible residents in your community.

YOU remain in complete control of your electricity and natural gas rates; CCA simply allows your community to request suppliers to bid on the collective energy needs of the entire community.

If a great rate is offered, all eligible residents and small businesses will automatically be included in the program without charge, but will have the ability to opt-out at any time, and without penalty.

 Important Facts About Aggregation

  • Free to participate in the Community Choice Aggregation program
  • Aggregated customers enjoy “bulk buying power” that individual residents cannot achieve
  • Nothing changes except the rate you pay for electricity and natural gas
  • You will continue to call DP&L and Vectren or Dominion for any service or billing questions
  • You are in complete control. you can opt-out of the CCA program at any time without penalty

What if I Have Already Chosen a Supplier?

If you have already selected a supplier on your own, you will not be automatically included in the Community Choice Aggregation Program.

At the conclusion of your current contract, you may join the CCA program at no cost and under the same terms and conditions as the other participants.

You can still vote “YES” to help your friends and neighbors, who have not yet chosen a supplier, save on their utility bills.

Comparison of Your Electricity Choices

DP&L Default Rate

749¢per kWh
  • Variable by Month
  • $0 Annual Savings
  • Default Option

2016 CCA Rate

5441¢per kWh
  • 36 Months Fixed
  • $205 Annual Savings
  • Community-Wide Option

Constellation Energy

6669¢per kWh
  • 24 Months Fixed
  • $82 Annual Savings
  • Individual Option

Direct Energy

689¢per kWh
  • 24 Months Fixed
  • $60 Annual Savings
  • Individual Option

DPL Energy

605¢per kWh
  • 12 Months Fixed
  • $144 Annual Savings
  • Individual Option

Community Choice Aggregation has consistently delivered the lowest rates, over the longest term, from the most qualified competitive suppliers. Recent Aggregation rates have been substantially lower than DP&L’s Default Rate (Price to Compare).  A rate of 5.441 cents per kilowatt-hour was secured in 2015 for 36 months, representing over 25% in savings compared to the DP&L Default Rate.

This translates into more than $150 of potential savings per year for every participating household in the community!

Vote Yes so your community has the opportunity to secure similar savings!

The Aggregation Process – Vote YES With Confidence

From start to finish, the Community Choice Aggregation process is closely monitored by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and is subject to strict compliance and consumer safeguard rules so you can VOTE YES with confidence.

Prior to the next election election, 2 public meetings will be held in your community for residents to ask questions, voice concerns, and learn about the Aggregation Program.  Additional public education initiatives will be ongoing throughout the months leading up to the election.

On November 8th, 2016, the following questions (one for electric and one for natural gas) will appear on your ballot:

Shall the CITY/VILLAGE/COUNTY, OH have the authority to aggregate retail electric loads located within the governmental boundaries of the CITY/VILLAGE/COUNTY and enter into service agreements for the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

 and

Shall the CITY/VILLAGE/COUNTY, OH have the authority to aggregate retail gas loads located within the governmental boundaries of the CITY/VILLAGE/COUNTY and enter into service agreements for the sale and purchase of natural gas, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

During the months after the successful passage of these ballot measures, your community leadership and its aggregation consultant, Affordable Gas & Electric will work behind the scenes with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, DP&L and Vectren or Dominion, and a group of qualified Certified Retail Electric and Natural Gas Suppliers to secure the lowest rates for the longest terms available through a competitive bidding process.

Assuming a favorable rate is secured, your community leaders will sign a contract with the selected electric and natural gas suppliers.

It will be approximately 6 months between the election and when participants will begin seeing their new, community-wide bulk rates appear on their electric and natural gas bills.

AFTER the Vote – Program Rules & Eligibility

Rules of Operation and Governance

The Aggregation process is governed by a set of legal documents called the Rules of Operations and Governance. These documents are filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio after voters authorize the Aggregation program and describe how the program will operate.

   Click HERE to view a draft version of the Rules for Electricity

   Click HERE to view a draft version of the Rules for Natural Gas

The Rules ensure a transparent process and provide all residents (whether participating in the program or not) with the peace of mind that they will retain total control over their choice of electric and natural gas suppliers.

Am I Eligible to Participate?

  • In order to be automatically included in the Aggregation Program, you must be a DP&L customer (Vectren or Dominion for natural gas) on the utility’s default supply (Standard Offer)
  • Residents who have already switched from DP&L’s default supply to competitive supply will NOT be automatically included in the program, but may opt-in to the program at any time under the same terms and conditions as those who have been automatically included
  • While the Aggregation program is primarily intended for residential customers, ‘non-mercantile customers’ (small businesses using less than 700,000 kWh/annually) on DP&L’s default supply will also be automatically included in the program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Community Choice Aggregation and how can I benefit?
Under Community Choice Aggregation, local officials bring the community together for improved group purchasing power. The Community benefits by receiving competitively-priced electricity from a Certified Retail Electric (and/or Natural Gas) Provider licensed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Why would a community pursue Community Choice Aggregation?
Communities are choosing to pursue aggregation because they may be able to help their residents and eligible small businesses save money by creating a combined customer group that has more buying power than individual residents and businesses.

Are there fees associated with the program?
Enrollment in the Aggregation Program is free and you need not take any action (other than VOTING YES). You only need to be eligible to participate. Once enrolled in the program, you can cancel your agreement at any time and switch back to DP&L without any fee.

Do I have to participate in the Aggregation Program?
All eligible DP&L and Vectren/Dominion utility customers within the community boundaries will receive an opt-out notification letter via U.S. mail. You may “opt-out” by returning the Opt-Out card by the deadline date identified in your notification. If you choose to opt-out, your account remains on utility default supply at the current utility rate.

How can I get more information about Community Choice Aggregation?
Ask a question through the comments box to the right (Facebook account required). You may also contact your community leadership for information related to the referendum and Aggregation Program.

Additionally The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has a web page dedicated to providing information regarding aggregation in the state of Ohio. That page can be found HERE

Who is eligible to participate?
Residential or business customers located in the Community’s governmental boundaries may participate. PIPP customers and those enrolled in real time pricing, Power Smart Pricing, space electric heat rate, or those already served by an alternative supplier may not be eligible.

How do I enroll?
Enrollment is automatic. Unless you “opt-out” of the program, all eligible DP&L and Vectren/Dominion customer accounts within the boundaries will be enrolled in the program. You will receive a “switch” letter from your utility, confirming your enrollment.

What if I am with another supplier and want to join the Program?
If you wish to join the Aggregation Program, you should check the terms and conditions of the contract with your current retail electric or natural gas supplier for any restrictions (early termination fees) and then contact the Community’s selected supplier(s).

Will I be allowed to join the program after the initial enrollment period?
The agreement between your Community and the selected supplier(s) will stipulate the same supply rates, terms and conditions for eligible residents who wish to join the Aggregation Program after the initial enrollment period. This would include residents who move into the Community, who were with another supplier and would like to join the Aggregation Program, or those who initially opted-out and want to join at a later date.

What are the Rates and Terms for my community?
Rates and Terms will become available for every community upon the passing of the referendum and selecting of an alternative electricity and natural gas supplier.

When will I see the Community Choice Aggregation rate on my bill?
It will take approximately 6 months between the election and when participants will begin seeing their new, Community-wide bulk rates appear on their electric and natural gas bills. For a November, election, residents would begin to see their new rates in mid to late spring.

How long does the Aggregation Program last?
The term of the program is negotiated in the bidding process between the municipality or county and the supplier. Ohio aggregation programs currently allow for a range from one year to three years in length.

What if utility default rate decreases?
If at any time during the term of the agreement your local utility’s default rate falls lower than the selected supplier’s price, you will have the option to return to the utility without penalty.

What happens when the Community’s Aggregation Contract Term expires?
At the end of your Community’s initial Aggregation Rate and term, your Community leaders will rebid the term and price on behalf of the residents, or return residents to DP&L and Vectren/Dominion, if a lower rate cannot be secured.  You will be notified of the outcome by your Community leaders and/or supplier(s) for the new term..

Who will bill me for electricity? Will I get two bills?
You will continue to receive one monthly bill from your utility. The bill will include charges for electricity supplied by the selected retail energy supplier, as well as the delivery service charges from your local utility.

Who is responsible for the delivery of power to my home or business?
DP&L and Vectren/Dominion will continue to deliver your electricity/natural gas and will be responsible for maintaining the system that delivers energy into your home. As your energy delivery company, they will continue to respond around-the-clock to outages, service calls and emergencies regardless of your supplier.

Who do I call to report a power outage or problems with my electric or gas service?
You will continue to call your local utility for power outages, problems with your service or questions regarding your monthly bill.

Can I still have my payment automatically deducted from my checking account?
Yes, how you pay your bill will not change.

Can I stay on budget or level billing?
Yes, the Rules of Operation and Governance requires that all suppliers bidding on the aggregate load offer a budget or level billing option to customers participating in the Aggregation Program.

What does “opt-out” mean?
“Opt-out” means that Community leaders are operating under the assumption that its residents want to participate in the Community Choice Aggregation Program, but you can decide not to participate. You can opt-out by returning the out-out form you receive from the Community’s selected supplier(s), or through the call center using the phone number provided on this form. If you opt-out, you will not be enrolled as an electricity or natural gas customer with the Community’s selected supplier(s) and will continue to be served by your current supplier(s). You will also NOT receive the Community’s competitively-priced electricity and natural gas rate. Regardless, ALL residents will continue to have the electricity and natural gas distributed by the local Utility (DP&L and Vectren/Dominion)

What happens if I do not send in the opt-out form?
If you are eligible to participate in the Program do not opt-out prior to expiration of the deadline (to be announced when the Community selects a supplier for the Aggregation Program), you will be included in the Community’s Electricity and Natural Gas Aggregation Program and receive competitively priced electricity and natural gas from the Community’s selected supplier(s). However, you will retain the option to terminate your participation in the program at any time without incurring any fees or penalties.

What if I decide to opt-out after the opt-out deadlines have passed?
There is no penalty for early termination. You may refer to your Terms and Conditions for additional information.

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