Electric Aggregation Program in Springfield Township
In March of 2009, Township officials established a low fixed rate for electric supply. Eligible residents and small businesses in the Township's electric program supplied by Dominion Retail will pay a fixed rate of 6.88 cents per kWh. This fixed rate will be for the billing months of June 2009 through January 2011.
Township Trustees have locked in a rate of 5.34 cents per kWh through FirstEnergy Solutions for electric supply services running January 2012 to January 2014.Participants in the Township electric aggregation program, as a group, have saved in excess of $3 million on electric bills from the program commencement in June 2009. (You can look at your current statement to for the current monthly Price to Compare. You may also use Duke's Price-To-Comapre Calculator online. link)
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if I can save money in this Program?
The Price to Compare (PTC) is shown on Duke’s bill, and is an indicator of the rate for electric generation supply that the average customer is paying Duke Energy. The average customer would avoid paying Duke that amount if they switch electric generation suppliers, and thus if the competitive supplier’s price is less, the customer saves the difference. However, customers who use more than 1,000 kWh per month in the winter months (Oct-May) will tend to have a lower-than average Price to Compare, while customers using more than 1000 kWh per month in the summer months (June-September) will tend to have a higher than average PTC. In addition to this seasonal consideration, other components of Duke’s PTC change quarterly. Thus Duke’s PTC is unknown beyond the current quarter, while Dominion Retail’s price is fi xed. The amount you will save over the term of the contract is unknown because Duke’s price is unknown, but we believe that with the program price of 5.34 cents/kWh you stand a very good chance of saving over the life of the program, in addition to the peace of mind of knowing that your rate will not go up.
Is everyone eligible?
No. By law certain accounts are not permitted to be included in an opt-out governmental aggregation program. You are not eligible if you: participate in the PIPP program, are a mercantile customer, are in arrears with bill payment, or live outside our community boundaries. Eligibility has been further limited to those with an estimated annual price to compare of at least 6.88 cents/kWh.
Will I notice any changes in my electric service?
No. Duke will continue to deliver the electricity to your home or business, read your meter, issue you a bill and respond to service related issues. Th e only change you will see is Dominion Retail will appear on your bill as the generation supplier.
How is the Township able to choose a certified electric generation supplier on my behalf?In November 2005, Springfield Township voters approved an opt-out aggregation program authorizing the Township to contract for an electric generation supplier on their behalf.
Who is the certified
electric generation supplier?
FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., an Ohio-based company and a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is our supplier. They offer a wide range of energy and related products and services, including the generation and sale of electricity and energy planning and procurement.FirstEnergy Solutions is a leading competitive supplier of energy to residential and commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan.
Is your price for electric generation service fixed, or does it vary?
In this program, your price for electric generation service will be fixed at 5.34 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) untilJanuary 2014.What do I need to do if I want to be included in this governmental aggregation?You do not need to do anything to receive the discounted generation pricing under this program.You may choose to be in the aggregation group and begin receiving your special price by simply not returning the opt-out form.What should I do if I do not want to be included in this governmental aggregation?If you choose not to participate, you must take action to opt out. “Opt out” means that you can decide not to participate in the Township’s electric governmental aggregation program.By returning the opt-out form, which is included in this mailing, by the due date you will not be enrolled as an electric generation customer with FirstEnergy Solutions, the Township’s competitive electric generation supplier, and you will not receive the special pricing.
What happens if I do not send in the opt-out form?
If you do not return the opt-out form postmarked by the due date, you will be included in the Township’s governmental aggregation program and will begin receiving competitively priced electricity from FirstEnergy Solutions.
Can I opt out over the phone?
No, if you want to opt out, you must mail in your completed opt-out form and it must be postmarked by the due date.
Can I exit this program without penalty?Yes, you can leave this program free of charge, at any time and for any reason.If I join the Township’s electric aggregation program, who will deliver my power, read my meter and respond to emergencies, such as power outages? Your local electric company will be responsible for the delivery of power to your home or business. Because your local electric utility still owns the wires and poles that deliver power to you, it will continue to read your meter and restore power after an outage.If I join the aggregation, can I stay on budget billing?Yes, you can remain on budget billing for charges from the utility; however, the budget billing program does not apply to your charges from FirstEnergy Solutions.Your total charges from FirstEnergy Solutions will fluctuate from month to month according to your usage.Can I still have my payment automatically deducted from my checking account as I do now? Yes.How you pay your electric bill will not change.
For answers to questions not found here, please call 1-866-636-3749, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Springfield Township is pleased to have made this program possible, but asks that specific questions about the program be addressed with the supplier.
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