Ohio's electricity restructuring legislation allows for aggregation programs to be established by local governments, i.e. municipalities, counties and townships for the benefit of residents. Two types of programs exist:
- "Opt-in" aggregation programs permit each resident to sign up individually to participate in the program.
- "Opt-out" aggregation programs automatically enroll all local residents, including commercial and industrial customers in many cases, unless they individually opt-out of the program (choose not to be included). An opt-out aggregation program must be placed on the ballot and approved by a majority of community voters.
Business and industrial customers should be aware of any opt-out aggregation in their local community and look at it to make sure savings are possible for the business.
For a listing of local governments that have sought Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approval for governmental aggregation programs, see Communities with Governmental Aggregation.