Moment with the Mayor for September 29, 2018
Public Service Director Robert Patrick has announced that the rate for City of Wadsworth residents and businesses participating in its gas aggregation program for the next two years has been set at a fixed rate of $3.39 per MCF. The new pricing will begin with the November 2018 billing cycle (appearing on the December bill) and continue through October 2020. Gas prices are climbing, and in light of that, our aggregation provider, American Municipal Power, worked with us to lock in a competitive rate for a two-year period. The new rate is lower than last year's rate of $3.54 per MCF. A review of this week’s one and two-year fixed-rate offerings, as listed by the PUCO and Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, reveals rates higher than our price of $3.39, and some as high as $6.39. Even some of the variable rates are as high as $6.49. The City of Wadsworth’s aggregation pricing has consistently been one of the lowest in the area, and we are pleased to continue to give Wadsworth residents an alternative choice. As it has been for a number of years, the City’s aggregate program supplier will be Interstate Gas Supply. Current customers of the City of Wadsworth Aggregation program with IGS do not need to take any action to receive the new reduced price and will receive notification of the new price by mail, within the next several weeks. City of Wadsworth residents who are currently enrolled with other gas suppliers may call IGS at 1-877-353-0162 to sign up for the City's aggregation program but should note that IGS customer service may not yet have information on the new pricing. Though the new pricing is not in effect until November's gas usage (December's bill), there is a lag time for any new enrollment, so new customers may find it beneficial to sign up now, under the current pricing, to be sure to have that $3.39 pricing in November. Residents should also be aware that switching from another supplier may result in a penalty and that they should check with their current supplier first. Information on gas pricing options may be found at http://www.occ.ohio.gov/gas/choice.shtml or the Apples to Apples comparison chart at http://www.energychoice.ohio.gov. Under aggregation, Dominion Energy will continue to maintain the pipeline system that delivers natural gas, and customers will continue to receive a single bill from Dominion that includes the gas supply charge. Customers should still contact Dominion regarding loss of gas service, odor of gas, or any other concerns or issues having to do with local service. Budget billing and automatic billing options also are handled through Dominion.
Until next week….
Mayor Robin Laubaugh