Perry Twp. Moves Forward with Aggregation

by Danielle Cotterman on December 12, 2011 at 5:09 am

In November’s election Perry Township voted for aggregation of their electric bills.

By voting "yes" for the aggregation residents pull together to receive better electric rates. On Monday Account Manager with Palmer Energy Bill Bradish and Perry Township Trustee Gary Hursey met with Muskingum County Commissioners to discuss the details.

"What we’re talking about is the generation side of our electric bills, our bills are split basically 50/50, one side is generation the other side is called transmission," explained Bradish. "The transmission is the lights and the poles, the generation is the actual electricity going through there, that’s what’s been deregulated and that’s the part of the bill that we would receive savings on."

Bradish said at this moment residents would save as much as 11% on their bill.

Hursey and the Commissioners spoke with Bradish on options available through the aggregation and discussed whether or not Palmer Energy would be the ideal supplier. Hursey assures residents once an agreement is made by the township the individual can still opt out.

"Even if the township enters into an agreement and would go with Palmer, or any other company, that they would still have an option to opt out and stay with their current suppliers," said Hursey.

Perry Township was the only township in the county to have voted for the aggregation. Bradish said nearly half of the state’s counties take part in the program.

Once an agreement with the supplier is reached a public meeting will take place.