NOPEC aggregation FAQ
Recent news of NOPEC and FirstEnergy Solutions ending their electric governmental aggregation agreement on Jan. 1, 2017 may have you scratching your head. Fear not! Here are some helpful frequently asked questions.
FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) informed NOPEC on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 that it was terminating its contract with NOPEC, effective December 31, 2016. NOPEC has since agreed to a new contract with NextEra Energy Services Ohio (NextEra), effective January 2017.
What happens on Jan. 1, 2017?
The lights will stay on. Power will flow to your home or business uninterrupted. NOPEC has approved a new three year contract with NextEra. A new opt-out notice will be sent to aggregation members detailing the new rate and terms of the Government Aggregation Program. Aggregation members would receive these opt-out notices before Jan. 1, 2017, and will have 21 days from the post mark date to opt out of the program. If you decide to opt out of the new NOPEC rate, you will return to the distribution utility's standard service offer (SSO).
Can I stay with my community aggregation?
Yes. NOPEC has signed a new three year contract with NextEra. An opt-out notice will be sent to aggregation members detailing the new rate. If the new rate is to your satisfaction, no action will be required to remain with the aggregation. You can learn more about NOPEC's new contract here.
Do I have other options?
Yes. If you are unsatisfied with NOPEC's new contract, you can opt-out of the aggregation and choose a competitive supplier on your own by using www.energychoice.ohio.gov, or you can choose to return to the local utility SSO.
Will my electric bill increase?
Maybe. The price and terms of the new contract between NOPEC and NextEra will be detailed in an opt-out notice. If you are unsatisfied by the new NOPEC contract, you are free to return to the SSO rate.