Electric Aggregation Program (Issue 35)

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Electric Aggregation Basics

  • On Nov. 8, Hilliard voters will be asked to authorize the City to create a green-energy electric aggregation program.
  • If the ballot issue is approved, the City can leverage the power of aggregation to negotiate a favorable bulk rate for sustainably sourced electricity on behalf of residents, businesses, and other organizations.
  • This eco-friendly program would source electricity generated in sustainable methods, such as solar and wind.
  • Electric customers can choose to opt out of the program at any time.
  • Have a question about this ballot initiative or sustainable electric aggregation? Ask us today!

About Sustainable Aggregation

On Nov. 8, Hilliard voters will be asked to grant the City the authority to establish a community-wide electric aggregation program. This would allow the City to negotiate a bulk rate for electricity from sustainable sources for Hilliard residents, businesses, and other consumers of electricity.

There are two main goals for such aggregation:

  • Promoting the use and creation of electricity produced by clean, sustainable sources; and
  • Getting the lowest-possible bulk rate the City can negotiate for sustainably sourced electricity for residential, business, and other electric consumers.

A “Yes” vote will indicate a voter approves of authorizing this option for the City of Hilliard. It does not mean the City will immediately – or necessarily ever – act on this voter-granted authority. The City would only establish the aggregation program if and when it can negotiate a favorable electric rate for sustainably sourced electricity.

A “No” vote indicates the voter does not wish to grant the City this authority.

It’s Still Your Choice

With an aggregation program created by the City, you will keep your right to choose your own provider!

Individual Hilliard electric customers may always “opt out” of the program contract period and pay the market rate for their electric service. Opting out will be as simple as completing an online form or returning a provided postcard informing us of your decision.

So, a “Yes” vote doesn’t remove your choice. It just authorizes the City to negotiate for a bulk rate for sustainably sourced electricity that you can either choose to accept or opt out of participating in!

A Sustainable Choice

A major benefit of this aggregation program would be that all electricity will be required to come from sustainable sources, such as solar and wind generation.

If there is not enough sustainably sourced electricity geographically available to supply all participating Hilliard consumers, the program will buy renewable energy credits for sustainable energy generated elsewhere in the country. Regardless of your choice, you will continue to receive the same level of service on the same power lines that you do today.

Why insist on green energy? Because it aligns with the City of Hilliard’s overall efforts to protect our environment, save natural resources, promote healthy lifestyles, and ensure future generations will enjoy calling this community a great place to live, learn, play, and work!

Is This Kind of Aggregation Unique?

Voters in Columbus, Worthington, and Grove City have already made the commitment and authorized their municipal governments to establish green-energy aggregation programs.

Is Participation Guaranteed to Save Money?

Electric prices constantly fluctuate, and the economics of green energy production are different than coal and natural gas-based production. So, there is no guarantee how Hilliard’s negotiated bulk rate for sustainable electricity will perform over time compared to the price individual customers will pay on the open market. By leveraging the power of aggregation in negotiating prices, we would be seeking the most competitive rate possible for this sustainably sourced electricity.

Why Is This Initiative on the Ballot Now?

The City can choose when – if ever – to use the voter-granted authority to create this aggregation program. So, why are we asking for voter approval now? That’s simple: We want to have residents’ approval in hand to “strike when the iron’s hot” and negotiate a competitive rate when the market looks most favorable!

Given the current uncertainties of the electricity marketplace, it is likely the City will wait until energy markets stabilize before asking energy providers to offer proposals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Shall the City of Hilliard have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located within the incorporated areas of the City, to support renewable, clean energy generation, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

The election is Nov. 8, but advance in-person and absentee voting starts Oct. 12.

Electric prices constantly fluctuate, and the economics of green energy production are different than coal and natural gas-based production. So, there is no guarantee how Hilliard’s negotiated bulk rate for sustainable electricity will perform over time compared to the price individual customers will pay on the open market.

By leveraging the power of aggregation in negotiating prices, we would be seeking the most competitive rate possible for this sustainably sourced electricity.

Electric customers can choose to opt out of the program at any time. Opting out will be as simple as filling out an online form or returning a provided postcard.

Not necessarily. Given the current uncertainties of the electricity marketplace, it is likely the City will wait until energy markets stabilize before asking energy providers to offer proposals.

The City can choose when – if ever – to use the voter-granted authority to create this aggregation program. But when the market looks most favorable, we want to have residents’ approval in hand to “strike when the iron’s hot” and negotiate a competitive rate!

All electricity will be required to come from sustainable sources, such as solar and wind generation.

If there is not enough sustainably sourced electricity geographically available to supply all participating Hilliard consumers, the program will buy renewable energy credits for sustainable energy generated elsewhere in the country.

As a consumer, you will see no change in your service. You will continue to receive the same level of service on the same power lines that you do today.

If you already have a third-party electric provider, you would not be part of the community-wide aggregation program. Large businesses and individuals with existing contracts for electricity, which differ from how most households sign up with AEP for electricity, would not be part of the aggregation program in Hilliard.

Make Your Voice Heard Nov. 8

  • Residents can register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing the forms.
  • Find your polling location and/or drop-box location.
  • Military and overseas absentee voting begins Sept. 23.
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 11 (9 p.m.)
  • Early in-person and absentee voting begins Oct. 12.
  • Absentee ballots: The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election in which you want to vote, but voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Request your absentee ballot and complete the application.
  • Election day voting: Nov. 8, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Be an Informed Voter

Hilliard City Council and the City of Hilliard staff believe all members of this community should participate in and be engaged with the operations of municipal government and the electoral process. We strive to provide our community with full, transparent, and unbiased information so voters can make informed decisions about topics that affect their lives.

Questions about this information, and about the proposed ballot initiative, can be emailed to the City. Residents also can register to receive updates during and after the election at that site.