NOPEC Seeks Inclusion Of Municipal Aggregation Info On Ohio Apples To Apples Website
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The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) said in comments to PUCO, in a rulemaking on natural gas utility bills, that, "[g]overnmental aggregators, like NOPEC, should have access to the Commission’s energy choice website."
NOPEC said that, "Governmental aggregation programs and their rates are not included on the Commission’s
energy choice website. The NOPEC natural gas aggregation program alone serves nearly
400,000 customers in Ohio, and is active in the most populous regions of the state. By failing to
mention governmental aggregation programs on the Commission’s energy choice website,
customers moving to, or within, aggregated communities will be denied information on an
important alternative to meet their natural gas supply needs if they look solely at the PUCO’s apples-to-apples website. Omitting governmental aggregation programs discriminates against
governmental aggregations and the competitive providers that supply them by failing to give
customers effective choices in selecting their supplier. R.C. 4929.20(A)(3)."
"Governmental aggregators, like NOPEC, should have access to the Commission’s energy
choice website. Specifically, NOPEC proposes that the governmental aggregator website be
listed on the Commission's energy choice website that displays the apples-to-apples comparison
chart. Access to governmental aggregation websites will provide a customer with information to
compare its governmental aggregator’s pricing, terms and conditions of service if the customer is
located in an aggregated community," NOPEC said
NOPEC proposes that a rule concerning the provision of the Apples to Apples site information on utility bills be revised to state that a customer's bill shall include: "A prominently displayed notice of the commission’s energy choice
website to view the gas or natural gas company’s standard choice
offer (SCO) rate or gas cost recovery (GCR) rate and other CRNGS
rate offers, including a listing of governmental aggregators’
websites, if the company has a choice program."