Snapshot of Ohio’s Governmental Aggregation Program
Governmental aggregation is one of the easiest ways for a large group of consumers to save money on their electric bills.
According to law, local communities can bring their citizens together to buy electricity as a group and negotiate the terms, conditions and price of the electric supply on the group’s behalf.
Most governmental aggregation programs are set up so that all eligible residents and small businesses are automatically enrolled. Those who don’t want to participate can “opt-out” of the community electricity savings program. An opt-out aggregation program can only be implemented when the voters approve the ballot issue in a primary or general election.
After a ballot issue is approved, the local officials select a supplier and send a letter to consumers specifying the price and the details of the offer.
The letter also contains an opt-out form that can be mailed back by anyone not wanting to participate. Consumers have 21 days to opt out at no charge – and another opportunity to opt-out every three years. Customers who leave the community electricity program at any other time (for reasons other than moving) may be assessed a cancellation fee.
For more information about governmental aggregation and electricity savings, take a look at our frequently asked questions and our glossary of terms. You can also check out the list of governmental aggregation communities we serve.
To learn more about the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council program, click here to visit our NOPEC page.
Are you a community official interested in pursuing a community electricity savings program? Please click here for more information.