Shaker Heights forwards city-run green energy electric aggregation plan to PUCO –

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Energy

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — After two public hearings on Monday, council forwarded to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio a proposed operation plan for the city’s own 100 percent renewably-sourced electric aggregation program.If approved by the PUCO within 30 days, Shaker Heights will then look for a “green” energy supplier through a request for proposals (RFP) to get the program up and running for roughly 8,000 customers by Jan. 1, 2023.Residents can expect notices in November, and with the “opt-out” or “automatic” clause, if they wish to participate and are already part of city’s current aggregation program run through the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, “they don’t have to do anything,” City Law Director William Ondrey Gruber told council.Otherwise, they can stick with NOPEC or go with other options, including those offered by First Energy and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, who will continue to provide the remainder of the service.This explanation came after Councilman Earl Williams said he’d heard “countless complaints about power outages” and whether the city pursuing its own program would change that.For that matter, the selected supplier will handle most of the aggregation side of the program, with the city acting as the “purchasing agent — we will not buy and resell electricity,” Gruber said, noting that rates on the current market currently up with NOPEC as well.One resident at the evening public hearing noted that a lot of companies have been sending him offers, also touting renewable energy.From both an environmental and economic standpoint, he asked what makes us think we’re going to do a better job?”City Sustainability Coordinator Michael Peters pointed that all those mailings cost money too, and the city’s overhead will be minimal in administration to non-existent in terms of marketing and advertising.It’s the sam …

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