Electric Aggregation Passes in Dayton, Xenia; Dayton Passage Very Close

Nov 6, 2013

 Voters passed electric aggregation in Xenia Tuesday by a margin of around 9 percent, and Dayton's ballot issue squeezed through with just a .51 percent margin in favor.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says a final count will be complete Nov. 26, and official results including any recounts will be issued Dec. 6. Because the Dayton's aggregation proposal won by just 75 votes in the "official unofficial" tally (7,318 in favor and 7,243 against), it's still possible the final count could go the other way.

If passed, aggregation gives cities the option to shop for electric supply for residents.

It may not be obvious from looking at your electric bill, but in Ohio we have electric choice: that means you can switch suppliers if you want. The supplier, to be clear, is the actual source, the owner of the power plant. Aggregation allows cities to select an electric supplier on behalf  of residents, buying electricity in bulk.

Usually this yields cheaper electric bills, and it’s becoming a popular option across the state. But participation isn’t mandatory: in Dayton and Xenia, electricity consumers will be able to opt out and choose a supplier independently.

And residents might not even notice the change at first: DP&L will still deliver the electricity and respond to service calls for most of the Miami Valley, even for those who change suppliers.