Dayton, OH –  On May 6, 2014, three Ohio communities , Coldwater, Fort Recovery and Jeffersonville,  will have the opportunity to approve municipal electricity and natural gas aggregation ballot questions allowing their communities to be combined to shop for lower, city-wide, electricity and natural gas rates.  Top Ohio based and US suppliers have already responded with qualifications and their intent to “bid” on the combined “pool of electricity and natural gas”, ahead of the passage of the referendums.

Those responding with their intent to bid include Dayton based, DPLER, the retail arm of DP&L; Constellation, the nation’s leading competitive energy supplier, First Energy Solutions, Integrys, Volunteer Energy, and Columbus based IGS, in addition to AEP Energy, the retail arm of AEP.

“Our role as consultant is to develop a potential list of qualified suppliers to bid on the electricity and natural gas supply” said Jeff Haarmann, Managing Partner of Affordable Gas & Electric.  “Suppliers will fight and compete for the electricity and natural gas supply of these communities.  Aggregation has proven to deliver the lowest rates, for the longest term, from the most qualified suppliers in the industry” added Haarmann.  “it is a real win-win scenario for the consumers.”

With suppliers already poised to compete for these three communities, all voters have to do to secure lower rates is vote yes on May 6th, to allow their community to participate in the bidding process.  Approval of the referendums is the only way a community can be included in a bulk bid, allowing the suppliers to compete for the entire group of communities.  If approved by the electorate, residents will still be able to opt-out of the city-wide rate, with no penalty for doing so.

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