For the second consecutive term, the City of Cincinnati has selected Constellation to provide monthly variable-rate natural gas supply to more than 40,000 Cincinnati residents and small businesses until 2020. According to city officials, the program saved participants a total of $2.1 million dollars in 2016, as compared to the Standard Service Offer from the utility during that period of time. The savings Cincinnati was able to realize by switching to Constellation in 2016 and the additional programs they were able to add are what really won them over for a second term.
A new enhancement to the program will also allow the City of Cincinnati with ways for customers to reduce their carbon footprint. Through this voluntary program, Constellation will purchase carbon offsets generated from renewable natural gas sources such as landfills or farms to offset CO2 emissions associated with each customer’s natural gas use.
“This agreement gives residents an easy option to manage their energy costs and makes Cincinnati the first city in the country with aggregation programs to offer participants the option of 100 percent carbon-free energy,” said Michael Forrester, Energy Manager for Cincinnati.
Another change to the program this year allows residents age 65 or older, who participate in the aggregation program, to opt into receiving a discount. This a discount of $0.01 per Ccf can be taken off the monthly variable rate or any applicable fixed rate by contacting Constellation. “We look forward to continuing to serve Cincinnati residents and small businesses,” said Kevin Klages, senior vice president of mass markets for Constellation. “Cincinnati customers can take advantage of the competitive prices we’ve been seeing in the natural gas market while giving the city the option to lock in a fixed rate at a later date. Additionally, residents can opt-in to a program that will use carbon offsets, which will substantially reduce their carbon footprint.”
Other than the price and supplier, residents who participate in the program will experience no change in their natural gas service and will continue to receive one monthly bill from Duke Energy – Ohio, the utility responsible for delivering natural gas to customers’ homes and maintaining the system. The City of Cincinnati reminds residents that no one from the city will come to their home to ask them to join the aggregation program. To learn more, Cincinnati residents can contact Constellation toll-free at (844) 830-3336 or online at www.constellation.com/ohcincinnati. Constellation customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This offer sold by Constellation Energy Services – Natural Gas, LLC., an independent natural gas supplier licensed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, license number 10-186G(3). Constellation’s price does not include any taxes, utility distribution charges or other utility fees, charges or credits, and is subject to the terms of the agreements with the City and the participants.