County to place aggregation issue on fall ballot


URBANA — Some Champaign County residents will vote in November on an issue that could save them money on their electricity bills.

If approved by residents, the electric aggregation issue could save some residents as much as 30 percent on the generation portion of their electricity bills.

Those affected would include residents who have accounts with Dayton Power & Light and live in unincorporated areas of the county. The issue will also be on the ballot for residents in North Lewisburg.

If approved, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio would determine the electric supplier for all participants after scheduling a request for proposals. The current agreement with First Energy Solutions is set to expire, and a search for a new supplier will begin at the end of this year.

Residents in rural parts of the county served by Pioneer Electric are already served by a cooperative and wouldn’t qualify. So far other villages in the county and the city of Urbana, haven’t placed the issue on the ballot, said Bill Bradish, account manager at the Palmer Energy Co., which is a consultant for the CCAO and administers the program.

If voters approve the issue, the CCAO would administer the program. Overall, the commissioners association is working with about 22 other counties that have approved electric aggregation in some form.

Residents who are served by Pioneer Electric will be allowed to vote on the issue, Bradish said.

Even if residents approve the ballot issue, residents who do not wish to take part can opt out of the program, said Steve Hess, Champaign County commissioner.

“This isn’t something that’s being forced upon anybody,” Bradish said.

The commissioners have already decided to move forward with a separate aggregation agreement with the CCAO that will provide lower electricity rates for county-owned facilities. More than 30 other counties are also involved in that program.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Police: 2 transit workers accused of raping ‘incapacitated’ Auburn University student on bus
Police: 2 transit workers accused of raping ‘incapacitated’ Auburn University student on bus

Two employees of the transit system at Auburn University have been accused of raping an 18-year-old student on one of the buses Friday night.  Tony Martin Patillo, 51, of Columbus, Georgia, and James Don Johnson Jr., 32, of Auburn, are each charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, according to Lee County Jail records. Patillo is...
Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria: Live updates
Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean and is set to pass over much the same area devastated by Hurricane Irma nearly two weeks ago. Farther north, Hurricane Jose is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds of up to 50 mph along the coasts of New Jersey and New York on Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center reports. >>...
‘Hot single female’ uses creative sign to get electricity back after Hurricane Irma
‘Hot single female’ uses creative sign to get electricity back after Hurricane Irma

One Florida woman who lost electricity during Hurricane Irma decided to take an unusual route to get the attention of workers. Yahoo Lifestyle WFTS reported that Kynse Angles of Fort Myers, Florida, took some pink spray paint and created a sign reading “Hot single female seeks sexy lineman to electrify her life.” Wearing a pink tank top...
Homeowner draws weapon on suspected burglar, commended by police
Homeowner draws weapon on suspected burglar, commended by police

A Marysville, Washington, man came face to face with a burglar and drew his weapon. Police say it was the right decision and may have prevented any further problems during the confrontation. It was a confrontation that was also caught on surveillance cameras. Joe Hemrich said he was sitting in his living room chair Monday night when he heard a noise...
How likely will the ‘big one’ occur in our lifetime?
How likely will the ‘big one’ occur in our lifetime?

Editor's Note: This story first appeared July 16, 2015 and answers questions inspired by an article written by The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz. Her story, "The Really Big One," was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing on Monday. The Pulitzer Prize is considered journalism's highest honor. Some in the Northwest...
More Stories