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

Natural Gas and Electricity Updates


First, my apologies to everyone for the gross error I made in last Bulletin’s article. We wrote that January bills should have had a rate no higher than $2.75. It should have read $3.05 or $3.07! Oops!
By now NOPEC’s “Opt Out” letter to existing customers and NOPEC eligible customers about Option 1 and Option 2 has had a chance to reach you.
Follow the directions for Option 2. That’s the variable rate and that’s the recommended choice. DO NOT return the post card that came with the opt out letter. And do nothing with the letter from Dominion that had “This is Not a Bill” in red at the top.
Meanwhile, natural gas rates have been riding a rollercoaster! In December Dominion’s rate was $2.75; in January it was $3.07; in February, $2.73 and in March it will go up to $3.63. However, Dominion says that, “the extended futures market indicates a return to prices below $3 per mcf later this year.” The sky is not falling. The increase was because of colder temps this winter but prices will go down again. By the way, if you have NOPEC/NextEra for gas your monthly rate will be 2 cents less than Dominion’s variable rates listed above.
Examine your gas bill on the left side. You should see NOPEC/NextEra Energy or the words, Standard Service Offer (SSO) or Standard Choice Offer (SCO.) If you don’t see any of those three you’re probably paying too much. Call the provider on your bill (not Dominion) and cancel but be sure they will not charge you an early termination fee. You will automatically be switched back to Dominion and become an SSO customer and two statements later an SCO customer.
If you have NOPEC for electricity and your rate is .0606 or .0560 (depending on the month of your bill) you have NOPEC’s “Program Price.” You don’t want that. If so call NOPEC at 855-667-3201 and ask to be put on the variable rate.
Remember, you should have NOPEC’s variable rate for gas and NOPEC’s variable rate for electricity.
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.