In Ohio’s retail electric market, mercantile customers are a commercial or industrial customer whose electricity is consumed for nonresidential use and consumes more than seven hundred thousand kilowatt hours per year or is part of a national account involving multiple facilities in one or more states. SOPEC can help local governments achieve greater savings through mercantile contracts in two ways: (1) provide assistance with negotiating mercantile contracts, or (2) include local government municipal accounts in the SOPEC mercantile pool.
Demand Response Accounts
Occasional storms and heat waves, as well as periodic power plant repairs and maintenance, have the potential to affect Ohio’s supply and demand for electricity. When demand is high and supply is short, power interruptions can sometimes be the result. Demand Response programs are designed to enable customers to contribute to energy load reduction during reduction events (times of critical peak demand) in exchange for financial incentives ($27,000/MWh reduced). Reduction events are rare and are only called when the stress on the electric grid is significant, and demand response customers may continue their operations uninterrupted through temporary on-site generation. Demand response programs are designed to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible ways to respond to occasional and temporary peak demand periods. The programs offer incentives to governments and businesses that volunteer and participate by temporarily reducing their electricity use when demand could outpace supply.
Street Lighting Accounts
Southeast Ohio villages, cities, townships, and counties often face major utility expenses for providing street lighting in their communities. However, it can often be challenging for local governments to compare street lighting pricing and determine whether they are receiving the best deal from their supplier. SOPEC can help local governments examine their street lighting accounts and negotiate lower rates so they can continue supplying adequate lighting throughout their communities and increase public safety.