In November 2005, Xenia residents passed a ballot measure authorizing the City to implement a Natural Gas Aggregation Program and enter into service agreements for the sale and purchase of natural gas. Since the adoption of the Plan of Governance, most recently updated in January 2018 (Resolution 2018-C), the City has gone through several RFP processes seeking savings. In its most recent RFP, the City of Xenia selected Volunteer Energy as its supplier for the period of the November 2021 through October 2022 billing cycles.
The newly negotiated rate for Xenia’s Natural Gas Aggregation is $5.35 (per MCF), which is a fixed rate locked in through October 2022. There are no fees to switch into or out of the City Aggregation Program, and no contracts. Residents who want to verify they are included in the program can contact CenterPoint Energy (Vectren) at 1-800-227-1376. Questions about the current program can be directed to Volunteer Energy, or our aggregation consultant at 419-491-1040. While Volunteer Energy is the supplier for the Natural Gas Aggregation Program, CenterPoint Energy is still the utility and will continue to provide customers with their monthly billing and service.
How to Participate
Eligible Xenia residents and small businesses are automatically enrolled in the Aggregation Program but can opt-out if they choose. Customers will be receiving a letter in the mail from Volunteer Energy that gives information about the program and steps to follow if customers wish to opt-out. If customers choose to opt-out of the program, they must do so by phone (1-800-977-8374) or mail (Xenia Governmental Aggregation Program, Volunteer Energy, 790 Windmiller Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147) by September 30, 2021.
Customers already enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), are not eligible for natural gas and electric aggregation. PIPP Plus is an extended payment arrangement based on a percentage of the household income for customers who are at or below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines.
The only other customers not eligible to participate are those already under individual contracts with suppliers as part of a natural gas choice program. These customers will not appear on eligible customer lists provided to the governmental aggregator or the governmental aggregator’s chosen supplier. If you recently switched to a supplier, there is a possibility your name was not removed from the eligible customer list. If you do not wish to be switched to the aggregation’s supplier, you should return the opt-out notice. You will want to talk to your chosen supplier if you consider switching to the aggregation’s supplier to find out if there are any penalties for the early cancellation of the contract.
Residents who want to consider other rates can view current offers at Ohio Energy Choice.
Questions to Consider:
What is the price per MCF?
What is the term of the agreement?
Is the rate fixed or variable?
Is there an early termination fee?
Is there a monthly fee?
- WHAT IS GOVERNMENTAL AGGREGATION?
- HOW IS MY COMMUNITY ABLE TO CHOOSE A NATURAL GAS SUPPLIER ON BEHALF OF RESIDENTS? WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- WHAT DOES 'OPT OUT' MEAN?
- WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT SEND IN THE 'OPT OUT' FORM?
- ARE THERE FEES TO ENROLL OR CANCEL?
- CAN I JOIN THE PROGRAM AFTER THE INITIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD?
- WHAT IF I'M WITH ANOTHER SUPPLIER AND I WANT TO JOIN THE AGGREGATION PROGRAM?
- WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE TERM?