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 Columbia/Dominion/Vectren 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
- Variable by Month
- $0 Annual Savings
- Default Option
2017 CCA Rate
- 36 Months Fixed
- $135 Annual Savings
- Community-Wide Option
- 12 Months Fixed
- $85 Annual Savings
- Individual Option
- 24 Months Fixed
- $45 Annual Savings
- Individual Option
- 36 Months Fixed
- $84 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 5.29 cents per kilowatt-hour was secured in 2017 for 36 months, representing over 20% in savings compared to the DP&L Default Rate in place at the time.
This translates into $135 or more of potential savings per year for every participating household in the community!
Vote Yes so your community has the opportunity to secure similar savings!
Public Meetings – Ask Questions and Learn About Aggregation
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. The dates for your community’s meetings can be found in the table below. Additional public education initiatives will be ongoing throughout the months leading up to the election.
|Community||Meeting Location||Public Meeting 1||Public Meeting 2|
|City of Urbana||Municipal Court – 200 N. Main Street||March 20th @ 6:00PM||April 3rd @ 6:00PM|
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.
On May 8th, 2018, 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?
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 Columbia/Dominion/Vectren, 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 (Columbia/Dominion/Vectren 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