MVCC to wait in chosing gas supplier


BROOKVILLE — City manager Sonja Keaton informed council the Miami Valley Communications Council’s plans to secure a natural gas provider for the governmental aggregation program will take place later this year or early next year.

Keaton said MVCC made the decision after Palmer Energy, of Toledo, the company working with MVCC in securing the best possible natural gas rates, recently sent a request for proposal for natural gas rates, but only received response from one supplier.

“The request for proposal was sent to 13 certified retail natural gas service providers.

Archer Energy was the sole responding supplier,” Keaton said.

“Several suppliers cited current gas storage pricing and availability as factors that contributed to their decision not to submit a quote at this time,” Keaton continued.

Keaton said, as a result of current market conditions, Palmer Energy recommended to MVCC “that a natural gas request for proposal be issued later this year in hopes of getting something in place by May of 2024.”

Council member J.D. Fowler asked Keaton if the bid from Archer Energy was a better rate than what Brookville citizens are currently getting.

“I have not seen what Archer Energy submitted as a bid. It was not in the report,” Keaton replied.

Keaton said whatever the bid from Archer Energy was, MVCC decided not to accept it.

“They decided not to move forward and accept that bid because they feel they are going to get better proposals back later this year or early next year,” Keaton said.

MVCC recently selected Energy Harbor, of Akron, Ohio, for a 28-month electricity supplier contract for residential and small commercial customers.

Residential and small commercial customers who currently receive electric service from AES will receive an electrical rate of .0657 cents a kilowatt hour from Energy Harbor. The AES rate is currently 10.8 cents a kilowatt hour.

The Energy Harbor rates will be effective beginning Sept. 1 and continue through December of 2025.

Brookville is one of several Miami Valley communities partnering with the MVCC to secure lower natural gas and electric rates.

The other communities in the program are Centerville, Clayton, Englewood, Fairborn, Germantown, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, West Carrollton, Eaton and Union.

Reach Terry Baver at [email protected].

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