Why is the City creating its own 100% renewable electric aggregation program?

The City has offered residents and small businesses in Shaker Heights the option to participate in an opt-out electric aggregation program since 2001, when the City joined the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC). In November 2000, Shaker Heights voters passed by 77 percent a ballot measure that authorized the City to offer an opt-out electric aggregation program.

Now, as part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, the City has elected to offer its own opt-out electric aggregation program. This program will offer 100 percent renewably-sourced or “green” electric supply for eligible customers in Shaker Heights. This program will replace the City’s current electric aggregation program with NOPEC.

A 100 percent green opt-out program would make that supply the default for electric supply for any resident or small business that does not pro-actively elect another option. Switching to a 100 percent green opt-out program would further the City’s intentions of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address the climate crisis and aligns with recent initiatives such as our LEED for Cities certification and Power a Clean Future Ohio.

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1. Why is the City creating its own 100% renewable electric aggregation program?
2. When will the 100% renewable electric aggregation program be available?
3. Who is eligible for the 100% renewable electric program? Who is not eligible?
4. How can eligible customers sign up for the 100% renewable electric program?
5. What if I receive the opt-out notice, but do not want to be in the electric aggregationprogram?
6. What if I do not receive an opt-out notice?
7. What if I want to enroll but am not eligible for the program because I am on a contract with another electric supplier?
8. Am I obligated to remain in the program if I enroll?
9. Why make it opt-out?
10. What will the cost be for this new 100% electric aggregation program?
11. Won’t a 100% renewable electric program be more expensive?
12. What does 100% renewably-sourced electric mean exactly?
13. Why not just stick with NOPEC? Doesn’t it offer a 100% renewable plan?
14. Does the City currently have an electric aggregation program?