A suburban Dayton group created to save money on electric rates expects to have more than 60,000 households and small businesses participating when the program starts Sept. 1.
The Miami Valley Communications Council’s 11-member electric aggregation coalition has been told that the ratio of those who have joined is exceeding the 85% level common with such programs, said MVCC Executive Director Jay Weiskircher.
“We’re running at about 92 to 93% participation,” he said Thursday.
The MVCC group now includes Centerville, Clayton, Englewood, Fairborn, Germantown, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Trotwood, Vandalia and West Carrollton.
Oakwood voted Monday night to join the coalition. That city, Eaton and Union will become members Oct. 1, Weiskircher said.
The current members joined on an opt-out basis while Oakwood did so on an opt-in basis. Troy is expected to be added in 2024, records show.
The MVCC group in June signed a 28-month contract with Akron-based electric supplier Energy Harbor, which will charge 6.57 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
The AES Ohio standard service offer as of June 1 is 10.807 cents per kWh.
Consultant Palmer Energy said the MVCC program is projected to save residential customers $350 a year and small businesses about $984 annually.
Those in cities that joined the MVCC group had until the end of July to opt out, “so everything is in place now,” Weiskircher said.
The coalition held public forums in Kettering and Centerville on the issue. There was some confusion among residents who did not receive letters about the aggregation program.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio “does not allow us to send letters to people who were already with another service provider,” Weiskircher said. “So those folks who had already made arrangements with another supplier other than AES did not get letters.”
Notifications for Oakwood residents and small businesses will be sent in the coming weeks, said Law Director Robert Jacques.
“We’re still trying to figure out the exact timeline of communication to our residents as to how they join, when they join (and) what they have to do,” Jacques told city council Monday night.