Green-energy aggregation plan to go before Columbus voters in November

Bill Bush
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus residents will decide in November whether to approve Issue 1, an “opt-out” green-energy electricity aggregation plan that promises to supply 100% of the city’s power needs with renewable energy by 2023.

Details of the plan are to be worked out after the vote – including how much the power will cost residents on their monthly bills, as well as when and where the wind and solar farms proposed by contract-winner AEP Energy will be constructed.

The plan would automatically enroll every Columbus residential and small-business owner into a contract to purchase electricity from AEP Energy, a subsidiary of Columbus-based power giant AEP. But anyone dissatisfied with the terms or details can file to opt out of the plan and purchase their power from the many retail suppliers already marketing plans in Ohio.

Those choosing to stay with the plan will get periodic windows,

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