Bringing Power to Communities in Southeast Ohio
  • Profit-Neutral

    Council of Governments

  • PUCO Certified

    Electric Government Aggregator

  • 100% Renewable Electric

    Wind-Powered Energy Supply

  • Profit-Neutral

    Council of Governments

  • PUCO Certified

    Electric Government Aggregator

  • 100% Renewable Electric

    Wind-Powered Energy Supply

Vision and Mission

The SOPEC mission is to help communities identify how dollars are leaving their community through energy utility payments and to offer public services and public programs that keep more dollars in Southeast Ohio. SOPEC starts this process by educating communities about each portion of their electric and gas bills, and then providing opportunities for communities to purchase power and natural gas using governmental aggregation that secure the lowest rates from energy suppliers. When communities use electric and natural gas aggregation, a better default rate can be established for everyone in the community – and this helps save hundreds of dollars for homes and small businesses, and thousands for small governments.

SOPEC Leadership

Chris Chmiel

Board of Directors

Chris Chmiel serves as Chair of the SOPEC Board of Directors. He also serves as an Athens County Commissioner, in addition to operating his farm Integration Acres.

Gary Goosman

Board of Directors

Gary Goosman serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the SOPEC Board of Directors. He also serves as Mayor of Amesville and serves as Director of Senior Programs Division of the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD).

Steve Patterson

Board of Directors

Steve Patterson serves as Vice Chair of the SOPEC Board of Directors. Steve has also served as a professor of psychology at Ohio University, served on Athens City Council, and currently serves as Mayor of Athens City.

Eddie Smith

Executive Director

Eddie Smith serves as the Executive Director for SOPEC.

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