Energy Aggregation Issues to Appear on November 7 Ballot in Fairfield
Here’s What You Need to Know!
Fairfield City Council 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 City of Fairfield will register to become a certified aggregator with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). This will allow city officials to negotiate utility rates for the electric and natural gas use for residents and small businesses that use Duke Energy Ohio.
City Council is committed to finding ways to stabilize utility costs for residents. Energy aggregation is a tool that local governments can use to give residents another option for the purchase of energy.
What is an Energy Aggregation Program?
Community electric and natural gas aggregation programs combine the residential and small business purchasing power of a larger “aggregated” group in pursuit of lowering and stabilizing energy prices.
Why are these Issues on the November 7, Ballot?
Electric and natural gas aggregation issues appear on the ballot by law. Voters must approve these issues prior to implementation of any program.
What does my YES vote mean?
A YES vote will allow City Council to complete the certification process through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and start the process to determine if electric and natural gas aggregation programs are a beneficial option to residents and small businesses.
What does a NO vote do?
A NO vote will not allow the City Council to explore the option of energy aggregation.
Will I save money on my utility bill?
These programs are designed to stabilize energy prices and save money. They provide security against volatile energy markets. Savings is always a priority but cannot be guaranteed. In most case, residents will see a reduction in energy costs.
Will I have a separate bill?
No. You’ll continue to get a single bill from Duke Energy.
If this passes, am I required to be in the program?
No, you will be able to participate if you wish, but can enter or leave the program at any time without any fees.
My electric is with Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, can I participate in the program?
No, only Ohio customers with an investor-owned utility (i.e. Duke Energy) are allowed to shop their electric rates.
How can I get more information about this topic?
Contact Energy Alliances, the City’s aggregation consultant, at: