Natural gas aggregation to appear on November ballot

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Aug. 5—LIMA — The Allen County Commissioners have approved a new natural gas aggregation question to be placed on the November ballot. The natural gas aggregation will allow citizens of the unincorporated areas of Allen County to have a group rate for gas.

"We passed a resolution to place what is called a gas aggregation for the unincorporated areas of Allen County. It will be very similar to what we already have in place," said Allen County Commissioner, Brian Winegardner. "We have been contacted by several residents. The concern is uncertainty in gas prices. The aggregation will allow us to get a price locked in for residents but there is a process. The first step was approving it to be on the ballot. The second step, if approved, is holding public meetings, and public hearings. We are planning and this is something we need to do for the future."

Palmer Energy will find the best natural gas rate they can for community members in the unincorporated areas of Allen County. Members of the community will have the ability to opt out of services if so desired.

"A natural gas aggregation is an easy way to save a significant amount of money," said Bob Snavely, Palmer Energy Consultant. " The aggregation will not be immediate. Although it won't be instant relief, we are planning for the future. Energy will be volatile for a while and giving everyone an option is really important. The idea is to get everything in place so that when the opportunity is out there we can move."

Most citizens in the unincorporated areas are familiar with the program. There is currently an aggregation rate for electricity.

"We have received a number of calls from citizens," said Beth Seibert, Allen County Commissioner. "I feel citizens have been urging us to take this step to try and get them some relief. As we are considering this and taking steps I urge people to understand they will not see it in December of this year."

Following the election, if approved, there will be two public hearings. The meetings will give citizens the opportunity to further receive information about the new aggregation. The new rate is set to go into effect in the winter season of 2023 if approved.