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There will be no impact to our current Electric Aggregation Program with Energy Harbor. Below is a statement from the supplier:

“We are aware of the news surrounding the activities leading up to the passage of Ohio House Bill 6. Energy Harbor will cooperate fully with the government’s investigations into the matter. We will continue to honor all customer contracts and commitments. This investigation will not cause any interruption or change to the service provided by Energy Harbor.”

Electric Aggregation:

Beginning in 2000, the Law Department successfully implemented the Parma Electric Aggregation Program pursuant to the voted mandate of the March 7, 2000 election. In addition, the Law Department prepared for Council a Governance Plan and conducted all necessary public hearings to become the first certified Governmental Aggregation unit in the State of Ohio. Most importantly, the Law Department successfully applied for and received for a five (5) year period, market support generation (MSG), a discounted supply of electricity. Specifications were prepared and a supplier for electricity was recommended to City Council.  The savings to Parma residential, commercial, and municipal customers totaled $18,748,854 for the entire program.  The savings for customers continued as Parma City Council agreed to an extension with FES through 2018 for the supply of electricity at a discount of 6% off the electric utility price to compare.

In late 2017, the Law Department recommended and City Council agreed to a three (3) year extension with FES going through May, 2021.  As a part of the extension, the City was able to negotiate for a continuation of the 6% discount off the electric utility price thus guaranteeing savings as well as the elimination of the early termination fee for participants.  Residents were given the opportunity to opt-out of the program in March, 2018.  Since then, opt-out notifications have been mailed periodically to accounts newly eligible for the program.

In 2019, The City of Parma's aggregation program, served by FirstEnergy Solutions, had an average residential customer enrollment count of 22,201 and just over 1,100 small commercial customers participating.  The total savings achieved in 2019 by participants of the Parma aggregation program was more than $1,000,000. Total savings since the inception of the program are more than $25,000,000.

After 15 years of working with the E-Group, and following its sale by FES, the City of Parma explored other options for a consultant to assist the City with its electric aggregation program.  Upon completion of an RFP process, Strategic Aggregation Consultants, LLC was selected as the City of Parma's new consultant.  The fees for the consulting services are paid directly by FES.

In 2019, the City's supplier, FirstEnergy Solutions, was working through its bankruptcy/reorganization.  In 2020, FirstEnergy Solutions will emerge as a fully integrated Retailer and Independent Power Producer focused on maximizing the operating and financial synergies of its retail business and generating assets.  FirstEnergy Solutions will soon have a new name (Energy Harbor), new independence, and increased flexibility to benefit our customers.  Their office will continue to be located in Akron, Ohio and will be led by an experienced team.  The improved cash balance positions the new Company as the strongest supplier in the market financially, committed to serving customers while making prudent investment decisions to support growth.  The business is expected to be run with minimal debt, resulting in high quality, stable, and secure balance sheet.

All retail and aggregation contracts will be served according to their current terms and conditions and will simply have a new supplier name, Energy Harbor.  The call center telephone number will remain as it is now (1-866-636-3749).

         

Natural Gas Aggregation:

The City of Parma is pleased to announce that it has reinstated its natural gas aggregation program through affiliation with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), effective with residents’ gas meter reading in April, 2010.

NOPEC has been providing gas and electric to 126 communities in Northeast Ohio since 2001. This organization is a public entity that does not make a profit and does not charge the City of Parma to be a part of its program. NOPEC is the largest governmental aggregation in the U.S. and has, therefore, been able in the past to provide very competitive rates for the residents and small businesses of its member communities.

For information on the fixed rate through NOPEC, the customer can call NOPEC at 1-888-848-7914 for current rate information. The rates are very competitive for fixed rate programs. A variable rate is also available for those residents who wish to remain on a variable rate. To enroll in the variable rate, the customer must call NOPEC at 1-888-848-7914. The supplier of the natural gas under the Parma/NOPEC plan is NextEra Energy.

NOPEC will continue to solicit Parma residents who are not part of the natural gas aggregation program when a customer terminates a contract with another supplier. Residents will receive an opt-out notice form NOPEC in which you will have 21 (twenty-one) days to opt-out of the program. If you do nothing, you will automatically become part of the Parma/NOPEC program. If, however, for some reason you later choose to leave the Parma/NOPEC program, you can do so at no charge.

Any questions regarding Parma’s Natural Gas Aggregation program should be directed to NOPEC at 1-888-848-7914.

Residents are always able to select another supplier to compare pricing of natural gas suppliers from the "Apples-to-Apples" Natural Gas Rate Comparison Chart available on the Public Utilities website at: www.puco.ohio.gov or remain with the utility, Columbia Gas of Ohio.
 
 

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