Natural Gas Aggregation rate has been set for 2016/2017
If you currently participate in the Jackson Center Natural Gas Program with IGS Energy of Dublin, Ohio as your supplier; IGS Energy and the Village of Jackson Center are pleased to announce that a new fixed rate has now been secured for participants. Effective with your October, 2016 billing cycle, your rate for your natural gas will be $0.452 per CCF plus applicable taxes and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio charges.
This rate is one of the lowest comparable fixed rates available in the marketplace according to the Energy Choice Ohio - Apples to Apples Comparison Chart as of October 1, 2016. Your fixed rate of $0.452 per CCF will remain in effect through your September 30, 2017 billing period.
If you would like to discontinue your participation in the Jackson Center Natural Gas Program, you may cancel your service with no cancellation fee by providing notice to IGS Energy. If you do nothing, you will continue your service with IGS Energy at $0.452 per CCF through your September, 2017 billing period.
If you have questions regarding the letter you received or would like to be removed from the Jackson Center Natural Gas Program, please contact IGS Energy at 1-877-353-0162 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For general information on natural gas deregulation in Ohio, you can also visit the Web Site of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
As you may recall, Jackson Center Village Council passed ordinance 2003-007 on February 17, 2003 adopting the Village of Jackson Center natural gas governmental aggregation program after Jackson Center voters approved the implementation of the program.
Under this aggregation, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (VEDO) will continue to maintain the pipeline system that delivers natural gas to your home or business. You will continue to receive a single bill from VEDO for your natural gas service and it will include your new gas supply charge. You will still contact VEDO regarding loss of gas service, odor of gas, or for any other concerns or issues having to do with your local service. Budget billing and automatic billing options will continue to be available thru VEDO.
For those currently enrolled in the Jackson Center Natural Gas Aggregation Program, you will automatically receive this rate unless you choose to "opt out" - that is, to not participate. If you are in the aggregation program and desire to change suppliers, you can exit the aggregation program without any penalty by calling 1-877-353-0162.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Governmental Natural Gas Aggregation?
Simply put, it’s the entire community joining together to form one large buying group. By voting to allow an aggregation, residents allow their community to shop for natural gas on their behalf.
What are the Benefits of Gas Aggregation?
When residents form one large buying group they have more buying power. The aggregation can better negotiate favorable pricing and supply terms than what could be achieved by any one individual resident.
How does a community become an Aggregator?
The community must first get the approval of voters within the community to form a natural gas aggregation program. Upon a majority vote, community leaders will proceed through a series of steps to become certified as a Governmental Natural Gas Aggregator by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Are there different types of Aggregations?
Yes. A community may conduct an “Opt-Out” program or an “Opt-In” program. With Opt- Out programs, each eligible resident is automatically enrolled in the program unless they notify the supplier that they DO NOT wish to participate. With Opt-In programs, each resident must notify the supplier to actively enroll in the program. Opt-Out Aggregations are the most common types of aggregation programs.
How do Opt-Out Aggregations work?
The community seeks bids from Certified Retail Natural Gas Service Providers, such as IGS Energy. A qualified bidder is selected to supply the aggregation with its gas for a set period of time. An “Opt-out” notice is sent to each eligible community resident prior to the start of the aggregation. Each resident has 21 days from the postmarked date on the notice to contact the supplier to withdraw or “Opt-Out” of the program. After the 21 day period, any resident not opting out will be submitted to the utility company for enrollment in the program. The utility company will send notice of the pending enrollment to each participating resident. Each resident will then have 7 days to rescind their enrollment in the program by contacting the utility company. After the 7 day rescission period, all participating customers are officially enrolled in the program. IGS Energy will appear as your supplier on your natural gas bill within one to two billing cycles after enrollment is verified by the utility.
Are all residents of the community automatically included in Op-Out Aggregations?
No. In order to be included you must purchase your natural gas directly from the natural gas utility company. You must also be current on your utility bill payments. Commercial users in the community that consume more that 5,000 Ccf per year do not qualify. PIPP customers also do not qualify.
Can I enroll if I do not receive an Opt-Out notice?
Yes. During the initial enrollment, any eligible resident that does not receive an Opt-Out notice may contact IGS directly to enroll in the program.
Can I enroll after the initial enrollment period?
IGS Energy will always try to accommodate residents should they wish to enroll after the initial enrollment period. However, IGS reserves the right to decline late enrollments depending on market conditions.
Can I enroll even if I currently purchase my gas from another supplier?
Yes, however your supplier may charge an early termination fee. All residents should check the terms and conditions of their current contract for more information.
What happens if I’m part of the program and I move?
A resident moving within the same community can stay in the aggregation by providing IGS with their new address. If a resident moves out of the community or does not provide IGS their new address, their participation will end and no early termination fee will apply.
Can I leave the program and return to the utility or enroll with a different supplier?
Yes. Residents may leave the program at any time with no penalty. If you leave the program it may take one to two utility billing cycles before the switch appears on your utility bill.
Does my utility still send my monthly bill?
Yes. Your current service will not change. Your utility will still send you your monthly bill, read your meter and respond to all service calls. IGS Energy will appear on your bill as your natural gas supplier.
My friend lives in a nearby community and has a different rate from IGS than mine. Why?
Natural gas prices are highly volatile. Market rates change often and quickly. Price differences between communities will vary based primarily on the contract term and the dates on which pricing was secured for the community.
How do I contact IGS Energy?
Our customer service department is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST Monday through Friday. You may call us toll free at 1-800-280-4474. Contact us via our website at: www.igsenergy.com/