New electric aggregation plan set for Barberton

Barberton officials have selected Energy Harbor to serve the next term of the city’s electric aggregation program.

The city has set a fixed rate of 4.97 cents/kWh for electricity generation for a four-year term starting with May 2021 meter reads. Residents and small businesses should look for a mailer to arrive on or about March 5, 2021 concerning the new electric aggregation program offer from Energy Harbor.

The mailer will explain the low offer the city negotiated and the means to opt-out should a customer not want to participate in the program. Residents will have 21 days to return an opt-out form to Energy Harbor, if they decide not to participate.

“We are delighted by the low fixed-rate of 4.97 cents/kWh for Barberton residents and businesses,” Mayor William Judge, said. “This low rate will allow residents to predict their costs and will protect them from rising rates for the next four years. That rate is lower than the rates residents received in the previous program term, and our program will have no early termination fee.”
Andrew Burns, government aggregation manager of Independent Energy Consultants, added that residents who have already chosen a supplier will not receive a letter and, by law, are not eligible to be automatically included in the aggregation program. Anyone in this situation wishing to join the city’s program should contact Energy Harbor at 866-636- 3749 to enroll. Before doing so, you should read your current contract, as many have early termination fees if you leave before the end of your agreement.

City officials said they are pleased to have made this program possible but ask that residents not call the city offices. They are not equipped to handle a large volume of calls. If residents or businesses have any questions, they should contact Energy Harbor at 1-866-636-3749 after they receive their letter.

Energy Harbor was originally First Energy Solutions and spun off from First Energy as part of the company’s bankruptcy discharge. Energy Harbor owns Ohio’s two nuclear power plants and is at the heart of the state’s $60 billion bribery mess, the biggest government corruption scandal in Ohio history. Barberton utilities director Greg Tracy addressed this with city council, saying the city’s broker does not believe insolvency likely and, in any regard, should Energy Harbor fall, the aggregation contract would simply be void and Barberton would have to look for a new one.

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