What are the key steps in an Opt-Out Aggregation?

With the assistance of a PUCO certified consultant, a community seeks bids from Certified Retail Natural Gas Service Providers. 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. The new supplier will appear on your natural gas bill within one to two billing cycles after enrollment is verified by the utility.

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1. Who is the natural gas supplier for the City’s program?
2. What is my price for gas?
3. What is Governmental Natural Gas Aggregation?
4. What are the benefits of Gas Aggregation?
5. What are the different types of Aggregations?
6. How does a community become an Aggregator?
7. What are the key steps in an Opt-Out Aggregation?
8. Whom do I call if I have a problem with my natural gas service?
9. Will it cost me to join the program?
10. Is everyone eligible for the program?
11. When does the next program start?
12. How long is the program?
13. What if I don’t want to participate?
14. Will I get two bills?
15. Can I remain on budget billing?
16. Can I exit this program without penalty?
17. My friend lives in a nearby community and has a different rate from Volunteer than mine. Why?
18. Can I enroll if I do not receive an Opt-Out Notice?
19. Can I enroll after the initial enrollment period?
20. Can I enroll even if I currently purchase my gas from another supplier?
21. What happens if I’m part of the program and I move?
22. Is this related to our community’s electric program?
23. This sounds complex. Is our community qualified to handle such a program?
24. How do I contact Volunteer Energy?
25. These FAQs help but I still have a question, what do I do?