City of Norton Joins NOPEC Natural Gas Aggregation Program
By NOPEC on October 9, 2019
Eligible residents and small businesses within the City of Norton recently received enrollment letters regarding the city’s natural gas aggregation program. This program is a continuation of the natural gas aggregation previously supplied by Constellation Energy. In August, the City of Norton selected the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) as its new program manager and supplier. NOPEC is a non-profit group of over 235 Ohio communities and currently serves nearly 400,000 natural gas accounts. As Ohio’s largest governmental retail energy aggregator, NOPEC partners with its chosen supplier, NextEra Energy Services Ohio LLC, to buy gas and electricity in bulk to help lower customers’ utility bills.
Natural gas supply through NOPEC is estimated to begin with customers’ November 2019 meter read and will continue until their January 2020 meter read date. There will be no disruption of service during this switch. Customers will continue to receive only one bill and there is no penalty for leaving the aggregation.
Norton residents who do not opt-out of the program will automatically be enrolled in the Standard Program Price option NOPEC negotiates exclusively for its customers. The Standard Program Price is a competitive rate that adjusts periodically and is based on favorable wholesale purchase prices available in the market. Residents and businesses can also choose NOPEC’s Monthly Variable Price option that is always $.02/Mcf less than the utility’s Standard Choice Offer. For information and to enroll in this product, customers can call NOPEC’s Customer Care Center at 855-667-3201.
Because Norton is joining NOPEC near the end of its two-year contract term, residents and businesses will receive another similar enrollment mailing in early November. This mailing, which is required by the PUCO, will cover the contract period January 2020 through January 2022. No additional action is required by those who wish to remain in the NOPEC aggregation program. Going forward, the PUCO requires that residents and businesses receive a notice from NOPEC every two years giving them the opportunity to opt-out without penalty.
The local natural gas utility, Dominion East Ohio, will send customers who choose to stay with NOPEC a letter confirming their choice in the next few weeks. Residents do not need to respond to this notice since enrollment is automatic.
Dominion will still be responsible for delivering natural gas to homes and businesses, reading meters, and sending bills. Customers should still call their local natural gas utility if they have a natural gas emergency.
For more information about NOPEC’s rates, or the aggregation program, visit nopec.org or contact NOPEC’s Customer Care Center at 855-667-3201 (855-NOPEC01) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) is a non-profit group of over 235 Ohio communities that negotiates lower utility rates. As Ohio’s largest energy aggregator, NOPEC buys gas and electricity in bulk to help lower customers’ utility bills. NOPEC has saved residents and small businesses hundreds of millions of dollars on their energy costs. For more information about NOPEC, visit www.nopec.org.