Gas and Electric Aggregation
ENERGY AGGREGATION UPDATE:
The Harrison Township Board of Trustees has decided to place energy aggregation issues on the November 7, 2023 ballot. Two separate issues will be placed on the ballot: one for natural gas and one for electric. If these issues pass, the township will register to become a certified aggregator with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). This will allow township officials to negotiate utility rates for the electric and natural gas use for residents and small businesses.
Aggregation is the process by which the township would negotiate a bulk price on the electric and natural gas commodities for its residents and small businesses. Individual consumers would then decide if they wanted to opt-out of the negotiated price. If approved by the voters, residents would see no change in their electric or gas services. Your local utility would continue to manage service and the aggregation rate will be a line item on the utility bill.
Residents will see the following language on their ballots this November:
Issue 7 - Electric Aggregation
“Shall the Board of Trustees of Harrison Township have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located within the unincorporated areas of the Township, and for that purpose, enter into services 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, in accordance with Section 4928.20 of the Ohio Revised Code and Resolution No. 87-2023 adopted by the Board of Trustees?"
Issue 8 - Natural Gas Aggregation
“Shall the Board of Trustees of Harrison Township have the authority to aggregate the retail natural gas loads located within the unincorporated areas of the township, and for that purpose, enter into services agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of natural gas, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out, in accordance with Section 4929.26 of the Ohio Revised Code and Resolution No. 88-2023 adopted by the Board of Trustees?"
This is a completely voluntary program. Residents will be given the choice to opt-out of the program if they do not wish to participate.
POTENTIAL SCAM ALERT
Door-to-door solicitors are everywhere and the phone calls to buy energy seem to never end. Don’t be fooled by these offers. The supplier of the aggregation will never come to your door! Some salespeople may display a solicitor’s permit from or official looking badge. THE PERMIT IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT BY THE COMMUNITY and the badge may be misleading. They may claim they work with Duke Energy or XYZ Energy company and offer rates far below anything you presently are receiving. Please do not show them your Duke Energy bill. Also, beware of robo-calls and phone solicitors claiming that “your Duke account has been flagged for review.” This is also a scam by an unethical broker or supplier designed to mislead you.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to close the door on the scammers and call your local officials.
Your energy supplier(s) can answer most program questions. In addition, the Energy Alliances team is available Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at (513) 794-5555 or (800) 735-0359 or you can leave us a message while we’re out and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.