Aggregation agreement leads to reduced utility bills

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
Madison Township residents enrolled in a voter-approved aggregation program will see a reduction in their utility bill—an average of $16 a month—following action taken by the township trustees at their Feb. 26 meeting.

The trustees approved new rate resolutions for electricity and gas starting with April billing, which is before the current agreement ends, due to favorable conditions.

“The market right now is in a pretty good place to extend your agreement,” said Trebel LLC representative Erin Schmerschneider.

The township’s current participation rate, based on eligibility, is 87 percent electric and 89 percent gas. As in the past, only those serviced by AEP or Columbia Gas are eligible for the aggregation program.

Separate opt-out letters for the gas and electric aggregation program participation will be sent out on March 8 to all eligible township residents, as required by the PUCO. All opt-outs received by March 29 will be processed before the April billing.

However, residents may join or leave the program at any time without penalty from the supplier. Budget billing is also available.

The rate for gas aggregation with Archer Energy for April 1, 2024, through May 30, 2026, is fixed at $0.5859 per Ccf. The rate for electric aggregation with Archer Energy for May 31, 2024, through May 31, 2025, is fixed at $0.06649 per kWh.

“This is about as low as we’ve seen since COVID times,” said Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst.

Other Madison Township news
•Township trustees are asking for citizen input as they consider a program with SWACO to obtain new 65-gallon recycling toters for residents in Madison Township at no cost to residents through a grant program.

“The township will obtain the toters,” said Brobst. “SWACO will help with getting everything ordered and take care of helping to distribute them.”

SWACO is also assisting with the costs of a third-party vendor helping with the rollout and education of the new program.

Residents who do not want to receive a new toter can opt out. However, no recycled items will be picked up on trash day without the new recycle toter at the curb. The existing green recycling bins will be discontinued.

Residents are asked to provide feedback and comments no later than March 22. The survey can be found under the Important Information tab at www.madisontownship.org.

“SWACO is asking for a decision by the March meeting,” said Brobst, who said over 400 green recycle bins are currently in use by residents. “They have to have a minimum order to make this work.”

•Public Works Superintendent Dave Watkins said the township’s application for street improvements through the Ohio Public Works Commission received funding.

The County Engineer’s Office will assist in the bid process for improving the following streets: Glenfield, Bonita Place, Bixby Road just west of Ebright, and intersection improvements at Harbor and Tremaine near Asbury Elementary School.

The board also approved a resolution to participate in the county engineer’s 2024 resurfacing program. Specific streets will be determined in the next two months.

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