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Notice of a Public Meeting to Solicit
Community Input On the Formation
of an Aggregation Council
Thursday, May 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
At the Athens Community Center
Summary of the Proposed Plan of Operations and Governance
1. The council will be called the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC).
2. The initial members will be Athens City and Athens County. When other incorporated areas of the county pass aggregation measures, they will be invited to join SOPEC.
3. The primary goals of SOPEC are as follows:
• Reasonably priced energy supply;
• Maximum investment of energy generation dollars in local projects and energy options;
• Clean and sustainable energy sources as significant portions of community energy supply;
• Investments in local energy efficiency investments;
• Advancement of community economic and energy development goals.
4. Steps in the process:
• Establishment of the Aggregation Council,
• Completion of the plan of Operations and Governance for the Council,
• Bringing the Plan to the public for comment,
• Submission of the Plan to the PUCO for approval and certification of the Council,
• Draft of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for energy suppliers to provide the energy and other services to implement the aggregation program.
• Issuance of the RFP to all interested potential suppliers,
• Selection a supplier and negotiate final terms,
• Notification to residents via newspapers and internet of the new electric supplier, electric rate and other services,
• Assurance that eligible residents receive Opt-Out letters from new supplier, allowing 21 days to choose to opt-out of the program,
• Assurance that all eligible residential and small commercial customers who do not opt-out are switched from AEP to the new supplier.
5. Participation in the program is voluntary; however, residents must take the necessary steps to opt-out within 21 days if they do not want to participate. Opt-out notices will be provided via mail to all eligible residential and small business customers of AEP in the county before the start of the program.
6. All residential and non-residential customers who are not on a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), currently not with a different supplier than AEP, and who use less than 700,000 kilowatt-hours per year located with county or city limits are eligible.
7. The supplier selected by SOPEC will be responsible for customer service; however; SOPEC will monitor the level and quality of service provided.
8. AEP will continue to be responsible for billing. The only difference on the electric bill will be the cost for electric supply services, which is the first charge listed at the top of the bill. Delivery service charges, taxes, and other charges will still apply. A contact number for questions of the aggregation program’s electric supplier will be included on every bill.
9. AEP will continue to be responsible for all power related issues, including power outages.
10. Every three years, during a 21-day period, customers will be permitted to opt-out of the aggregation at no fee. At other times a small opt-out fee may be charged.
11. A council composed of representatives appointed by the legislative bodies of the members will develop policy, oversee operations, and hire staff and consultants to implement the aggregation program.
12. Funding for SOPEC activities will be provided by the selected supplier with an appropriate kilowatt hour charge to all participating consumers to cover costs of the program. This charge will be a fraction of a mill (less than one tenth of one cent) per kilowatt hour.
The complete text of the SOPEC Plan is available on the Athens County and Athens City web sites. Please contact the Aggregation Administrator, Roger Wilkens, at 740-541-5340 or
email@example.com for more information.