MOUNT VERNON — Recently, the city accepted an agreement with Volunteer Energy Services Inc. to provide the 3,000 city residents currently enrolled in the gas aggregate program, with natural gas for the term of March 2011 through February 2013.
After Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Richard Mavis said a concern arose as to what will happen to the city residents enrolled in the program.
He explained, “All of those people currently on the city plan will receive a postcard, and they should have it in their hand by Feb. 1, stating ‘Volunteer Energy will deliver natural gas from March 1, 2011, through Feb. 28, 2013, at a guaranteed price of 7 percent off of Columbia Gas of Ohio’s standard service offer.”
Mavis said residents should not be concerned when they receive bills from Columbia Gas.
Within the past year, Columbia Gas has deregulated, allowing customers to choose from whom they will buy natural gas. However, Columbia Gas continues to deliver to consumers’ homes and uses its gas lines to serve customers.
“When customers receive their bill it will be from Columbia Gas, but if they look over into the corner of the second page, it will tell them who is their supplier,” he said.