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Dayton’s cost-savings electric program ends; 20k customers impacted

Dayton Power & Light has sent out letters to thousands of Dayton residents this month to give notice that IGS Energy will no longer provide their electric service.

About 20,000 electric customers in Dayton participated in the city’s electric aggregation program, which was approved by voters in November 2013 and offered participants guaranteed savings on their electric bills.

But the program has been discontinued because of falling power generation costs in the electric market, which led to IGS and other providers to pull out of municipal aggregation programs, city officials said.

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Citizens and businesses in the aggregation program will automatically return to DP&L’s standard service, said Shelley Dickstein, Dayton’s city manager.

The notices in the mail from DP&L should inform residents and citizens when the company’s workers will schedule meter readings to bring the customers back to their service.

DP&L said it needs to obtain an actual meter reading prior to changing customers’ suppliers to ensure the change is not based on estimated usage.

Citizens, residents and businesses can shop the electric market on their own and may be able to get a savings through a provider that offers lower costs than DP&L, Dickstein said.

If energy prices increase, and there’s an opportunity to save citizens money, the city will restart its aggregation program, Dickstein said.

For more information about selecting a supplier, citizens can call 1-800-686-PUCO or visit www.puco.ohio.gov.

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