Electric Aggregation Program
Worthington voters gave the City of Worthington the go-ahead to pool the community’s electricity buying power. On November 6, 2018, voters passed Issue 39 with a 75% approval. The goals of the City's electric aggregation program are to lower household electric bills and increase renewable (green) energy usage.
The City will now work with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to certify the City of Worthington as a governmental aggregator and negotiate the most favorable contract for its residents based on cost and amount of green energy. City Council will formally accept or deny proposals prior to implementing the aggregation program. City Council will also require that there be a no-cost opt-out option for any resident or business. Consumers who already have their own contract with a separate electric supplier would not be immediately eligible.
Tentative timeline for implementation:
- January 14: Two public meetings occur at 8am and 6:30pm at the Griswold Center, 777 High Street
- Week of the January 21: Aggregation certificate filed with PUCO (PUCO expected to approve certificate no later than 30 after filing)
- Week of February 25 – Week of March 18: Energy Alliances will request aggregation data from AEP and will distribute Request for Proposals with electricity suppliers
- April 1: Present final price and proposed winning supplier agreement to Council
- Week of April 1: Prepare Opt Out materials for eligible residents and businesses
- Week of April 15: Opt Out window opens
- Week of May 6: Opt Out window closes
- Program begins with June meter read date
- Participants should see new aggregation rate in their July bill
Under the program, residents would experience no change in their electric service. AEP would continue to carry, service, and bill for the electricity service. The only change would be in the generation source of the electricity which would be identified on the AEP bill.
Issue 39 Ballot Language
“Shall the City of Worthington, County of Franklin, Ohio have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the City and enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electric, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt-out?”
If you have additional questions, please contact the City of Worthington Finance Department at 614-786-7353.