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Boston Heights Council passes natural gas aggregation legislation

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: May 18, 2016 12:03 AM

Boston Heights -- Village Council gave a unanimous nod May 10 to enter into an agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council for a gas aggregation program.

The program will give residents an opportunity to receive a lower rate on their home natural gas, according to Mayor William Goncy.

"Residential and small business owners can save through this no cost opt out program," Goncy said.

Residents will soon receive information about the NOPEC program and the opportunity to choose the variable rate program which follows current market prices and stays slightly lower, Goncy said.

Estimated savings have not been factored, but according to Goncy the NOPEC's program will offer prices about 0.2 percent lower than the going rate.

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"Those in another supplier program will need to contact NOPEC and ask to receive the NOPEC program information," Goncy added. "A letter will explain that to them once the village has been confirmed for membership by NOPEC."

Membership confirmation could take a month, according to Goncy.

"Once confirmed by NOPEC and a letter will explain the next steps and then a letter from NOPEC will ask if the resident wants to join or opt out," the mayor said.

"A letter to everyone will explain that the village is now a member of the NOPEC gas aggregation, and the time frame will then be given," he said. "The village incurs no cost since NOPEC covers all the contact letter costs."

Residents passed Issue 11 in March which allowed the village to aggregate the retail natural gas loads and enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of natural gas. The aggregation will occur automatically except if residents elect to opt out.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

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