Group promotes community choice aggregation in Oregon; Ohio city officials consider second try at municipal aggregation for natural gas; EnerNOC rebranded as Enel X

Group promoting community choice aggregation in Oregon briefs municipal officials. A group that looks to convince Oregon lawmakers to enact legislation authorizing community choice aggregation in Oregon took its case before city officials in Coos Bay. As described in a local newspaper report,  the Coos Bay city council heard a presentation by the LEAN Energy Project as part of the group’s attempt “to start a conversation” about community choice aggregation, in which city officials aggregate constituents and purchase electricity for them as a bloc in the competitive power market. Quite often municipal officials use community choice aggregation as a tool not just for acquiring a lower-cost energy supply on behalf of their aggregated customers, but for acquiring clean energy resources, such as wind and solar. “We believe times have changed and distributed energy technology, whether it’s solar, or wind, or grid upgrades, have made local energy much more affordable,” LEAN’s Alan Hickenbottom said.

Ohio municipal officials consider second attempt at natural gas customer aggregation program. City officials in Westlake, Ohio, are considering making a second try at offering residents community choice aggregation for natural gas supply. While Westlake has had a good experience with community choice aggregation for electricity supply, it abandoned a previous natural gas aggregation effort, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. “Years ago, we had an aggregate with gas,” said Mayor Dennis Clough, “but the cost kept fluctuating. Customers were able to get a better deal. So, looking into it again, we are told we may do better.” Westlake is deliberating whether to join a gas aggregation program offered by the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Discussion of the NOPEC gas aggregation program touched on the status of the city’s choice of electricity provider, First Energy Solutions, which in bankruptcy proceedings is spinning off its retail supply business to Exelon. Westlake doesn’t anticipate any impact on its electricity agreement, which expires in 2021.

EnerNOC gets rebranded as Enel X. Enel Group’s advanced energy services division, Enel X, announced that its U.S. subsidiary, EnerNOC, has been rebranded to Enel X, the company said in a press release. “With this strategic business move, Enel X  has integrated Enel’s advanced energy solutions in North America under one brand, being able to offer an expanded suite of energy services, and even greater expertise in areas including energy storage, demand response and energy advisory services,” the company said. “Today, as Enel X, we are launching one unified brand in North America that enables us to convey a stronger message to the market,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X.

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