Electric and Natural Gas Aggregation

On August 4, 2022, Riverside City Council passed ordinances authorizing opt-out electric and natural gas service aggregation programs for Residents.

Electric Service Aggregation Ordinance 22-O-802
Natural Gas Service Aggregation Ordinance 22-O-803

On November 8, 2022, residents will vote on Issues 20 & 21 and decide whether these aggregation programs will go into effect on January 1, 2023. If approved, the programs will allow the community to pool the purchasing power of all residents to negotiate for more favorable rates on electric and natural gas.

ISSUE #20 ISSUE #21

What is aggregation?

Aggregation is the pooling of buying power of a group of customers to negotiate more favorable rates for the purchase of electric and/or natural gas. Residents currently have the option to individually enter an agreement with an electric and/or natural gas supplier for a contract rate. Aggregation allows residents to do this collectively. A large buying group may be able to get better terms for the group members than you could get on your own.

What am I voting on in November? 

Residents are being asked to vote yes or no on whether to create opt-out aggregation programs for electric and gas for the community. Issue 20 deals with electric aggregation and Issue 21 with natural gas aggregation. If Issue 20 is approved by residents, an opt-out electric aggregation program will go into effect and residents will automatically be enrolled with the option to opt-out. If Issue 21 is approved by residents, an opt-out natural gas aggregation program will go into effect and residents will automatically be enrolled with the option to opt-out.

If Issue 20 or Issue 21 pass, who will send me my utility bill?

Regardless of whether the ballot measures pass, your utility bill will continue to come from the same company. Aggregation may change your energy supplier but your energy distributor will remain the same. The energy distributors for the community are AES Ohio for electricity and CenterPoint Ohio for natural gas.

Who will be our electric and natural gas suppliers?

The City is currently reviewing available aggregation programs and possible aggregation organizations. If residents approve the ballot measures in November, City Council and staff will select an organization to assist with the negotiation for favorable rates with a supplier. Regardless of who is selected as an energy supplier, the energy distributor will remain the same. The energy distributors for the community are AES Ohio for electricity and CenterPoint Ohio for natural gas.

Will I save money?

The City of Riverside hopes to maintain an Aggregation Program with competitive rates for our residents. It is possible that as a large buying group, resident may be able to get better rates than buying as individuals but there is no guarantee.

How do I enroll?

Under an opt-out aggregation program, enrollment is automatic for residents. If Issue 20 is approved by residents, an opt-out electric aggregation program will go into effect and residents will automatically be enrolled with the option to opt-out. If Issue 21 is approved by residents, an opt-out natural gas aggregation program will go into effect and residents will automatically be enrolled with the option to opt-out.

What happens if a resident has an agreement with a supplier when community aggregation
goes into effect?

The resident’s energy agreement will remain in effect until it expires. The resident could cancel their agreement, however; they may need to pay a cancellation fee if the resident’s third party contract requires it. The resident could then enroll in the community aggregation program after cancellation.

Questions or Concerns?

Residents who have questions about the upcoming ballot issues 20 & 21 can contact City at 937-233-1801 or citymanager@riversideoh.gov. More information can also be found at The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Website.

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