by Anthony Skeens
at 04:02 PM | Permalink
Council support changes city manager's mind about going back to fossil fuels
City Manager Scott Stiles today announced his intention to keep Cincinnati’s
electricity green after City Councilman Chris Seelbach rallied a majority of
council to oppose Stiles’ earlier plan to go back to using conventional fossil
fuels to light and heat the city.
Cincinnati will continue using 100-percent renewable-backed energy from First
city signed on with First Energy in 2012, making Cincinnati the largest metropolitan
are in the country to use 100-percent renewable energy.
was expected to sign the three-year contract with First Energy Solutions today,
according to city spokeswoman Meg Olberding.
and other council members convinced Stiles to change his mind about the
contract, Olberding says.
also added that First Energy told Stiles it would allow any customer who wants
to save the additional $5.63 annual savings of conventional energy to opt-out
of the green energy agreement.
green energy plan is estimated to save customers $43.58 compared Duke’s
65,000 households and small businesses will continue using First Energy unless
they choose to retain another energy supplier.
will also institute a green energy fee of $.006 on each electric bill as part
of a program he’s developing that will help local business owners and residents
equip their homes or offices with energy-saving solutions. The program will be
run by the Office of Environment and Sustainability.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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
green one. Cincinnati
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.