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If you have any questions contact the City Representative, Ted Lux: (440) 526 - 2499

Natural Gas and Electricity Updates

May 24, 2017
Regarding natural gas, if you have NOPEC/NextEra Energy’s variable rate, as everyone should, the rate on your May bill should have been no higher than $3.15. On your June bill it should be no higher than $3.14. If your rate is $3.73 on your May bill or $3.48 on your June bill you have the “program rate.” Call NOPEC at 855-667-3201 and ask to be switched to the variable rate.
Every now and then you will get a mailer from one of the for-profit companies or a phone call or even someone coming to your door. Their rates are typically higher than NOPEC. Your response to the calls should be a simple and firm, “No thanks!” Save the mailers to start a fire in your fire place next winter.
Electricity rates are going up about a penny per kilowatt hour in June but may go down again after air conditioning season. The rate of 0.0591 cents per kilowatt hour will probably be on your July through October bills. Some folks think that their rate is on the upper left side of their bill in bold letters and numbers in a section that says, “Price to Compare.” No, that is the rate you would be paying if you were buying your electricity directly from the Illuminating Company and not through NOPEC. The rate you’re paying is in a box about half way down the right side of your bill that is labeled “Charges From…and then the name of your supplier like NOPEC-NextEra Energy.
At the moment the Apples to Apples electricity chart has rates lower than 0.0591. However, there is no way to know where those fixed rates will go in the future.
People have left NOPEC only to discover that the rate they contracted for goes up later.
The most important thing to remember regarding electricity rates is that regardless of your rate you can’t save a lot of money or lose a lot of money. Unless you have a gigantic house it’s not worth the hassle of switching.

And finally, when in doubt, always call Ted with questions. 526-2499.

The opinions expressed in this advisory are solely those of Ted Lux and are not endorsed by the Mayor or City Council of the City of Brecksville.