Harrison Residents To Vote On Electric Aggregation System This Fall
By Travis Thayer
(Harrison, Oh.) – Harrison residents will have the opportunity to cut energy costs at the ballot box this November.
The Harrison Press reports that city council recently voted 4-1 in favor of allowing an opt-out vote on an electric aggregation system, and a separate vote on natural gas aggregation to be placed on the ballot this fall.
Aggregation is defined by the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research as the act of grouping agents in a power system (i.e. consumers and producers) to act as a single entity when engaging in power system markets or selling services to the system operator.
In short, if voters pass the issue in November, the city says it will bring in Blue Ash-based Energy Alliances to act as a middle man between Harrison residents and companies to reduce the cost of electricity and natural gas.
In order for an aggregation system to be implemented, four steps must first be completed. Step one is passing the issue in November. If and when that happens, the City of Harrison will need to become certified with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Finally, the city would then have to put in a plan for governance of the aggregation system, and hold two public meetings before officially launching the program.
According to Energy Alliances representative Daniel Deters, Harrison residents could see their utilities bill decrease between 14 and 22 percent under an aggregation system. Deters added that Harrison could see their electric prices reduced by next summer.
In an opt-out program, citizens have the option to reject the project all together.
In addition to the aggregation system issue, Harrison residents will also be tasked with voting on a school levy request for the third time in three years.