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Constellation (Constellation New Energy – Gas Division, LLC) continues to serve our community’s program. The current program will run through the November 2019 bill cycle. Constellation is certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and currently supplies customers and governmental aggregation programs across Ohio.
Governmental Aggregations allow an entire community, groups of communities, or a county to join together to form one large buying group. Once voters authorize an aggregation, elected officials are then permitted to shop for natural gas on behalf of their residents and small businesses.
As a large buying group, residents participating in an Aggregation have more buying power. The aggregation is in a better position to negotiate favorable pricing and supply terms than what could ordinarily be achieved by any one individual resident.
In Ohio there are two types of Aggregations. A community may conduct an “Opt-Out” program or an “Opt-In” program. With Opt-Out programs, each eligible resident is automatically enrolled in the program unless they notify the supplier that they do not wish to participate. With Opt-In programs, each resident must notify the supplier to actively enroll in the program. Opt-Out Aggregations are the most common types of aggregation programs because they result in higher participation that usually results in lower rates.
For starters, a community must obtain the approval of voters to form a natural gas aggregation program. Community leaders are then permitted to proceed through a series of steps to become certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as a Governmental Natural Gas Aggregator.
Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) will continue to deliver your natural gas and maintain the pipeline system that brings it to your home or business. You will continue to call DEO 1-877-542-2630 for emergency repairs or gas leaks. For non-emergencies such as billing questions, service turn on or turn off, call 1-800-362-7557.
The City’s Governmental Aggregation Program can go on indefinitely. This program with Constellation is for 2 years and will end with your November 2019 billing period.
Yes. Our eligible community-owned facilities can be included in the program.
Natural gas prices are highly volatile. Market rates change often and quickly. Price differences between communities will vary based primarily on the contract term and the dates on which pricing was secured for the community.
A resident moving within the same community can stay in the aggregation by providing Constellation with their new address. If a resident moves out of the community or does not provide Constellation their new address, their participation will end and no early termination fee will apply.
We have retained Independent Energy Consultants, Inc., a PUCO certified broker and aggregator of electric and natural gas, without using any taxpayer money. They have designed, implemented, and administered similar successful gas and electric programs that impact over 100 communities across Ohio. We will have their assistance and that of Constellation Energy throughout the program.
If you have additional questions please call Constellation at 1-844-467-4294. Customer Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For general information on natural gas deregulation in Ohio, you can visit the Web Sites of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, or the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Please do not contact our offices. We are pleased to have made this program possible, but are not prepared to handle calls.
Constellation will always try to accommodate residents should they wish to enroll after the initial enrollment period. However, Constellation reserves the right to decline late enrollments depending on market conditions. If enrollment remains open, you may enroll by calling Constellation directly at 1-844-467-4294.
Yes, however your supplier may charge an early termination fee. All residents should check the terms and conditions of their current contract for more information
Yes. During the initial enrollment, any eligible resident that does not receive an Opt-Out Notice may contact Constellation directly at 1-844-467-4294 or online on the Constellation website to enroll in the program.
No, by law there are certain limitations on eligibility. All of the current participants in our City’s program will receive a notice of the new program rates, terms and conditions and continue to be eligible. Newly eligible residents or businesses must be located within the Barberton City limits. Furthermore, they must have received an Opt-Out Notice from Constellation.
Here are the criteria for new member eligibility:
The new 24-month fixed rate for our program begins with November 2017 gas flow (December bill cycle) and is $3.45 / Mcf through your November 2019 bill cycle. This rate compares very favorably to offers residents can find on their own and unlike many offers, our program has no penalty if you decide to leave early.
Customer switching takes place when meters are read. Therefore, your start date for the new rate will depend on when Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) reads your meter. Your service from Constellation is expected to begin with gas flowing in November 2017.
No. Enrollment in the program is free and you need not take any action. You only need to be eligible to participate. Please refer to the eligibility criteria shown in the other FAQ questions in this section.
Yes. If you are on budget billing you will remain on budget billing. (Note: Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) calculates your monthly budget amount each month by summing your total delivered gas cost on a rolling 12-month basis and dividing that total by average monthly usage in the same 12-month period.)
No. For your convenience, you will continue to receive only one bill from Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO). It will show DEO’s delivery charges and the supply charge amount owed Constellation. DEO continues to read your meter, issue monthly bills and responds to all service calls.
Yes. Constellation will mail several informational packets to the groups of customers. They will explain the program rate, terms and conditions and means of enrollment.
The following are the types of information packets sent to residents:
With the assistance of a PUCO certified consultant, a community seeks bids from Certified Retail Natural Gas Service Providers. A qualified bidder is selected to supply the aggregation with its gas for a set period of time.
An “Opt-Out” Notice is sent to each eligible community resident prior to the start of the aggregation. Each resident has 21 days from the postmarked date on the notice to contact the supplier to withdraw or “Opt-Out” of the program. After the 21-day period, any resident not opting out will be submitted to the utility company for enrollment in the program. The utility company will send notice of the pending enrollment to each participating resident. Each resident will then have 7 days to rescind their enrollment in the program by contacting the utility company. After the 7-day rescission period, all participating customers are officially enrolled in the program. The new supplier will appear on your natural gas bill within one to two billing cycles after enrollment is verified by the utility.
Yes. A very attractive feature of our program is your ability to leave free of charge at any time for any reason. There are several “formal” opportunities to take yourself out of the program.
First, when an offer is presented you will have 21-days to opt-out by returning a card to Constellation or making a toll-free phone call. If you do not Opt-Out, Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) will then send to new members a confirmation notice giving you 7 more days to cancel the switch.
Furthermore, by law, you will be able to leave without penalty at least every two years. If you would like to leave the program at any time, simply notify Constellation at 1-844-467-4294.
While most residents will remain in, and benefit from, Governmental Aggregation Programs, the choice is up to you. If you do not want to participate you will have 21 days in which to return a reply card to Constellation or call them toll free at 1-844-467-4294.
If you fail to do that, Constellation will continue to serve you or enroll you as a new customer. Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) will acknowledge the enrollment and send you a confirmation letter reminding you of the pending switch. That letter will mention that you can cancel the switch by contacting DEO within 7 days.