"The other citywide question before Columbus voters, Issue 1, seeks approval of a charter amendment to pool the purchase of electric power through AEP Energy for 15 years with the understanding that it would secure 100% clean energy from local wind and solar projects by 2022. Even if the issue is approved, individual consumers could opt out of the aggregation and choose their own power supplier.
Electric power aggregation is a growing strategy for municipalities to offer their residents lower rates through economies of scale. A similar issue is on the ballot for Grove City residents, and Worthington already has electric power aggregation.
Even better is the goal set in the aggregation proposal for AEP Energy to provide power from clean energy sources in the future. With the state and federal governments pulling back from environmentally friendly energy policies, municipalities are right to adopt green energy programs of their own.
There is no cost to taxpayers for aggregating electric power in one provider."
- The Columbus Dispatch Editorial Board