The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

It’s taken awhile, but the electrical aggregation program voted on by a number of Van Wert County political subdivisions is finally ready for implementation.

Van Wert County Board of Commissioners Clerk Larry Clouse announced on Friday that letters will be sent out soon by FirstEnergy Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation, providing county residents the opportunity to participate in the aggregation program.

There is no cost for enrollment and county residents don’t have to do anything to be enrolled in the program (click here for copies of the letter being sent out and more information).

According to the FirstEnergy letter, participants will be guaranteed a price of 5.85 cents per kilowatt hour for electric generation service through March 2014.

The switchover to the electric aggregation program takes approximately 30-45 days.

Most county voters approved the aggregation program back in November 2011, with others doing so during the March primary election this year.

Those who do not want to participate and remain a full-service customer of AEP Ohio have until July 12 to return an “opt-out” form that will be included with the letter being mailed to local power customers.

Those who elect to participate in the aggregation program will be sent a letter by AEP Ohio confirming their selection of FirstEnergy Solutions as their electric generation provider. Electric transmission services will still be provided by AEP Ohio, but customers will continue to receive a bill from AEP Ohio for both generation and transmission services.

Those who participate in the aggregation program will receive a notice every three years asking if they want to remain in the program. Anyone who leaves the program at any other time, other than the initial “opt-out” period, could be subject to a $25 cancellation fee from FirstEnergy Solutions.

For more information, call FirstEnergy Solutions toll-free at 866.636.3749, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

POSTED: 06/16/12 at 6:32 am. FILED UNDER: News