Fostoria residents could see lower energy bills soon, if city council approves a proposal to switch energy providers.
Fostoria City Council held a public input session this week for a proposal to switch from American Electric Power (AEP) to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC).
City council previously held two readings of the proposal.
NOPEC is a non-profit group of over 220 communities that negotiates lower utility rates.
As Ohio’s largest energy aggregator, NOPEC buys gas and electricity in bulk to help lower customers’ utility bills.
Since 2001, NOPEC says it has saved residents and businesses over $300 million and awarded over $28 million in energy-efficiency grants to NOPEC member communities.
Residents who do not wish to switch energy providers would be able to opt-out of the program if it is passed.
Tiffin has been apart of NOPEC since 2014 and has been awarded $55,332 in energy efficiency grants.
Now that the public input session is over, Fostoria City Council will need to hold a third reading of the proposal before a final vote.
If the proposal passes council, it will take about 3 months for the transition process to be completed.