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Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC)


The Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (“NOAC”) was formed as a coalition of local governmental entities initially pledged to work together on issues relating to electric deregulation.  Since its founding, the Coalition has coordinated the Communities' efforts on a wide range of utility issues focusing primarily on electric and natural gas.  Opt-out governmental aggregation programs allow the Member Communities to “bundle” their utility consumers into one buying group and to utilize the created economies of scale to negotiate the best possible utility rate on their behalf.  

The Coalition is currently comprised of the thirteen (13) member communities:  Cities of Maumee, Northwood, Oregon, Perrysburg, Rossford, Sylvania, Toledo and Waterville, the Villages of Holland and Ottawa Hills, the Board of Township Trustees for Lake and Perrysburg Townships (Wood County), and the Board of Lucas County Commissioners (representing the unincorporated areas of Lucas County).  Each Member Community has input and responsibility within the Coalition, with the two largest members (Toledo and Lucas County) taking the lead on most coalition matters.  As a coalition, the final authority to act remains within the legislative council or board of each Member Community so each member of the Coalition has the ability to determine its participation in each program.

Palmer Energy acts as the energy consultant for NOAC on various technical and market issues.  Mark Frye, President of Palmer Energy, is NOAC’s designated consultant and has testified as an expert witness on behalf of NOAC and its participants in several matters before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Traditionally the NOAC Communities have had three different opt-out governmental aggregation programs available for its member communities and their participants:  1)  a residential electric program; 2) a small commercial electric program and 3) a natural gas program encompassing both residential and small commercial participants. The goal of the communities is to maximize the savings potential of the member of the communities that decide to participate and minimize the cost of the participants to avail themselves of other alternatives if they so choose.  

The savings broken down by program is $46 million for residential electric participants and approximately $15 million in savings for small commercial electric participants.  These savings are compared to the utility tariff rates for the participants.  The natural gas program savings since its inception has realized nearly $15 million in savings compared to the the Columbia Gas of Ohio alternative that was available to those consumers at the time. Since its inception the participants in the NOAC communities have realized nearly $76 million in savings. 

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