Affordable Gas + Electric (AGE), the city's natural gas and electric aggregation consultant is putting together a plan and timeframe for renewal of the current natural gas aggregation contract. The city's current contract with Volunteer Energy Services expires in April 2021 . The current natural gas aggregation rate is $0.371/Ccf.
The city also has an electric aggregation program with Dynegy Energy as the selected supplier. That rate is a fixed rate of $0.04880/kWh which runs through December 2021 . The bidding process for renewal of the electric aggregation contract will take place later this year.
Sidney is a part of a larger aggregation pool that includes communities, large and small, in Champaign, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby counties. By combining the "buying power" of all the communities, residents in those communities have benefited from lower utility supply rates than would have otherwise been possible.
Residents may enroll in and/or leave the city's aggregation programs at any time. There are no early termination fees or penalties associated with the city's program. If a resident is presently under contract with another electric or natural gas supplier and want to make the switch to the Sidney aggregation program, they should be sure to read the terms and conditions of the current contract to determine if there are any applicable early termination fees or other penalties.
Residents in the Sidney aggregation program continue to receive one bill from the electric company and one bill from the natural gas company; the aggregation charge is simply a line item on the utility bill. Residents also continue to call DP&L or Vectren for service related issues.
Sidney voters approved both an electric and natural gas aggregation program during the November 2015 election which allows the city to offer one more choice to residents.