In November 2015, Genoa Township residents voted to authorize Genoa Township trustees to move forward with establishing opt-out electricity and natural gas governmental aggregation programs for residential and small business customers.
The first step of implementation was creating plans of operation and governance for each program, electric and gas. That process was completed this past December.
The plans of operation and governance for electricity and natural gas were presented for public review and comment at public meetings held on Jan. 5 and 6 and adopted by trustees during their re-organization meeting Jan. 7.
Township Administrator Paul Wise recently announced that with the plans of operation and governance now in place, a schedule for the completion of the electric and gas utility aggregation programs implementation has been now been established.
Wise said while the dates should be considered tentative and may be subject to change, Genoa Township’s energy broker Scott Belcastro, of Trebel LLC, should go out to bid for electric and gas rates on Feb. 15.
On or after March 3, bids that have been received will be discussed, with the winning bids possibly being selected by trustees at a public meeting.
Letters will be sent out to residents who are considered eligible consumers and will list the rates, charges and other terms and conditions of participation in the electricity and natural gas governmental aggregation programs on or after March 21.
The letters will also state that eligible residents will be enrolled in the program unless they formally opt out or decline participation. Residents will be given 21 days to respond to this letter.
The township electric and natural gas aggregation programs will likely go into effect in May.
Any questions about the programs can be directed to Belcastro at 1-877-861-2772.
Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.