People sometimes think that aggregation is a scam by shifty utility companies. The good news is, no, aggregation is not a scam. It is highly regulated by the government, and community members are involved in every step of the process.
Who Regulates Governmental Aggregation?
The Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4928 outlines the laws regarding retail electric services, including aggregation. Laws are in place to authorize and monitor aggregation. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio must certify an aggregation provider for them to do business. Governmental aggregation providers must pass rigorous requirements to become PUCO certified. Once they are certified, they are able to do business in Ohio.
Townships, cities, counties, and other communities are able to aggregate. Aggregated communities are considered one large customer; this provides better means for negotiating the cost of utilities with providers. The community as a whole has to vote on whether or not they want to aggregate. If approved by voters, the local government then draws up a plan. At least two public hearings regarding aggregation must be held. These allow community members to voice concerns and learn more about the process. These are just a few of the steps to aggregate a community. All allow the power to be in the peoples’ hands.
Do All Residents Have To Participate?
Nobody is required to participate if they choose not to, even if they vote for community aggregation. An opt-out form is sent to all participants about 90-120 days after aggregation is approved. Every three years, opt-out forms are also sent to participants. If someone chooses not to participate later, they can also opt-out at any time. People are free to leave the aggregation program at any time, no questions asked.
Trebel provides a turn-key approach to aggregation programs. With ongoing personal service and a strong commitment to each community we serve. Our customized turn-key programs provide peace of mind; Trebel is always available to answer questions and handle any problem. Contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!