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Energy aggregation discussion continues

Discussions over electric aggregation options within the city of Marietta left legislators with differing reports of the decision concluded Monday.

The city administration reported to Marietta City Council’s public utilities committee that five bidders for the city option to secure greater buying power and therefore more predictable rates for electricity had expressed interest, four made the deadline to submit bids and the administration recommended a one-year contract with Trebell Energy for the option to aggregate.

The bids submitted and considered, as provided in a copy by a member of city council to the Times Monday, noted that three timeframes were considered by the administration before recommendation:

– Buckeye Energy (represented by Tom Bellish) submitted a rate of 0.04540 cents per kilowatt-hour for 12 months, 0.04720 cents per kilowatt-hour for 24 months or 0.04690 cents per kilowatt-hour for 36 months.

– Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (represented by Luke Sulfrige) submitted a rate of 0.04587 cents per kilowatt-hour for 12 months, 0.04860 cents per kilowatt-hour for 24 months, and did not submit a bid for 36 months.

– Gold Star Energy submitted a bid for 0.04849 cents per kilowatt-hour for 12 months, 0.04999 cents per kilowatt-hour for 24 months and 0.04065 cents per kilowatt-hour for 36 months.

-Trebell Energy submitted 0.04485 cents per kilowatt-hour for 12 months, 0.04644 cents per kilowatt-hour for 24 months and 0.04696 cents per kilowatt-hour for 36 months.

– OH Energy did not submit bids by the 11 a.m. deadline noted on the administration spreadsheet and so the rates offered were not considered or noted.

From the Facebook Live broadcast of the meeting, it was unclear whether Councilman Mike McCauley, chairman of the public utilities committee, chose to follow that recommendation for the one-year contract supported by Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf and Councilman Geoff Schenkel or whether he wrote in the legislation request to the city law director to draft bid acceptance authorization for a two-year contract with the present electric aggregator through Tom Bellish.

Councilman Mike Scales and Councilwoman Susan Boyer also noted, while attending virtually via a video call into the Armory meeting room, that they were unclear of the discussion bases due to technology issues, and Scales noted at first that he was in support of the administration’s recommendation but seemed to be under the perception that the recommendation was for a two-year contract.

Scales was corrected by Safety-Service Director Steve Wetz, who noted the administration recommendation is solely for a one-year contract.

It was unclear by press time whether legislation will be forthcoming for Thursday’s regular business meeting at 7:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory.

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