The City of Kent has been a member community of NOPEC (the region’s gas and electric aggregation supplier) since 2000 which has allowed Kent residents to enjoy 15 years of exceptionally low rates thanks to the buying power that comes from being in the largest governmental aggregator in the nation — representing 200 communities in 13 counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula, Lorain, Huron, Summit, Medina, Portage, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mahoning, Seneca and Geauga counties.
There is a process where individual customers in NOPEC member communities can opt out but the long term price advantages keep NOPEC customers staying put.
That doesn’t stop competitor energy suppliers from trying to win more market share and we’ve had some recent reports that a few competitors have resorted to some questionable sales tactics in order to convince NOPEC customers to jump ship.
NOPEC has advised it’s member communities that they’ve received a number of concerned customer calls resulting from door to door energy company solicitors wrongly stating that the customer must leave NOPEC — and by extension, choose their company to replace them.
Every year or so, incidents like this stream in and we try to remind Kent customers that nothing has changed — Kent is still a member of NOPEC and there is no reason to change energy suppliers despite what a solicitor may say.
NOPEC recommends that member communities reassure their customers and let them know they can contact NOPEC for confirmation by visiting http://www.nopecinfo.org or by calling the NOPEC customer service number for natural gas at 855.667.3201 and electricity at 800.292.9284.