Should my community join NOPEC’s renewable energy program?

Renewable energy purchasing is a great opportunity to find the best deal that serves the best interests of your community. 

Not all providers are created equal. Here are some questions to ask NOPEC before joining their program:

  • Is NOPEC’s plan right for my community?

Every city has different needs. NOPEC’s one size fits all program doesn’t take the unique needs of your community into account. Ask the market if it can meet your needs. If NOPEC has the best offer, great! If not, now you know that you have a better option.

  • Why the rush? 

Instead of giving cities sufficient time to deliberate and get public input from the community, NOPEC is forcing local governments to quickly pass a resolution to opt-in to a “green energy” program by the end of the year. Any equitable partner would create a constructive exchange with cities and residents to build a program and launch on a timeline that makes sense for each city. Instead, NOPEC is rushing cities into a deal they know works for them, but does not work best for your community and your residents.

  • Where is the energy coming from?

At least for now, the clean energy that NOPEC is offering is wholly supported by renewable energy credits (RECs) from Florida based NextEra. Purchasing these credits doesn’t help spur clean energy jobs in Ohio. 

Want to advocate for the best renewable energy prices for your residents?

STEP 1.

Explore the market for renewable energy and look at other examples.

Athens County

Green-e Certified RECs

5.64 cents per kWh

Cincinnati

Ohio-based solar array, local jobs, municipal accounts 

4.95 cents per kWh

Columbus

On-grid (PJM) RECs, Ohio-based goal, community grant program

5.499 cents per kWh

Logan

Green-e Certified RECs

5.64 cents per kWh

Worthington

National wind RECs

5.186 cents per kWh

https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-communities-list

STEP 2.

Ask your residents what they want to see in their aggregation program. Local, in-state, or PJM grid generation? Energy burden relief? Other community grant programs? Home weatherization assistance?

STEP 3.

Ask experts, suppliers, and interested stakeholders to come present to your city council on the priorities of your residents.

STEP 4. 

Work with local and state consumer and environmental advocates to put together a request for offers for a 100% renewable energy aggregation program. 

STEP 5. 

Adopt the program through city council, file with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and notify residents of your new aggregation program. 

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  • Ohio Citizen Action
    published this page 2021-11-17 12:25:35 -0500