spending several weeks reviewing proposals from seven energy
providers as part of Cincinnati’s initiative to power homes using
energy aggregation, a decision was made April 26 — and it’s a
has selected First Energy Solutions (FES) as the city’s new
electricity provider, which will make it the first major city in the
U.S. to use a 100 percent “green” electricity supply.
The aggregation process works like this: All eligible individual
customers “pool” their buying power to form a larger unit, which
holds more leverage to negotiate lower prices on electricity.
voters passed a ballot initiative in November to approve the city’s
efforts to begin energy aggregation and choose a provider.
designation of FES’s energy supply as “green” energy doesn’t
mean that residents will see windmills and solar panels popping up
across the city’s landscape; rather, the energy will be designated
“green” based on renewable energy credits, each of which
represents proof that one megawatt-hour of electricity has been
sourced from a “renewable” energy resource.
will provide the city with enough credits to power all interested
consumers’ homes, meaning no home opted-in to the aggregation power
will use electricity sourced from non-renewable resources such as
only will we be able to put real money back in people’s pockets,
but this establishes the city as a leader in supporting green energy
choices,” said Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who spearheaded the push
to provide consumers with an energy aggregation option nearly two
the next several weeks, Cincinnati will work to negotiate a contact
with FES, and residents will receive information about its services.
change could potentially affect up to 50,000 residential and
commercial electricity users in the city.
who aren’t interested in participating in the city’s aggregation
effort will be required to opt-out before the services are
FES will notify all eligible customers.
officials say FES will save the average household about $133 each
year on electricity bills. The switch could become effective by June.