The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC)

Our new relationship manager for NOPEC is Pat McNamara.  If any of the Elyria Township residents have a problem with electric or natural gas, please contact Pat at 440.249.7832, 440.623.3455, or
If another company solicits electric or gas quotes, ask if they have a solicitor’s permit from Elyria Township. Bob Repas, Fiscal Officer, issues the permits. He can be reached at 440.324.9462 or
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) serves members in over 200 communities within 13 counties in Northeast Ohio. For 15 years, they have saved communities and members more than $260 million in cumulative energy savings.
Benefits for NOPEC Residential Customers:
Discounted energy rates negotiated exclusively for NOPEC customers
myNOPEC – A free online resource for NOPEC members
Interactive Tip House – Energy saving tips for every season
For questions regarding your electric bill or service call Ohio Edison at 800.633.4766. For questions regarding your natural gas bill contact Columbia Gas of Ohio at 800.344.4077.

Blood Pressure Help


In February, public health nurses from the Lorain County General Health District are coming to a location near you to provide blood pressure screenings and to explain how to get an at-home blood pressure cuff at no cost. These sessions are for all Lorain County adults ages 55+ and will cover a different health focus each month. Nurses will also help to answer health questions and concerns.

February’s adult health wellness checks are at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM at the following locations:

  • Wellington Fire Station #2, 202 Kelly St., Wellington on February 2 and 16
  • Old Stone Church, 553 South Main St., Amherst on February 3 and 17
  • Oberlin Senior Center, 90 East College St., Oberlin on February 6 and 27
  • Sugar Ridge Baptist Church, 36600 Sugar Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville on February 8
  • Sheffield Township Church of Christ, 5075 Toledo Rd., Lorain on February 1
  • Sheffield Lake Community Center, 4575 East Lake Rd. (9:00 and 11:00 AM sessions only) on February 7
  • Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Rd., Avon on February 10 and 24
  • North Eaton Christian Church, 35895 East Royalton Rd., Grafton on February 13

Walk-ins welcome. Adult wellness sessions are no-cost. All adults ages 55 and up are invited to attend.


Trash Bins

Did you know the Republic Services trash truck’s mechanical arms can reach 9′? PLEASE keep your trash bins 3′ from the road to give our Road Department room to plow.
When you see Tim & Jeff, thank them for keeping the Township safe. Great job, guys!

New Supplier Press Release

NOPECNOPEC, NextEra Energy team up to provide low price electricity to 500,000 Ohio customers with added sustainability focus.

(Solon, Ohio) – The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) has reached an agreement for NextEra Energy Services Ohio, LLC (NESO) to become the supplier of electricity for a program that currently serves almost 500,000 customers in 13 Northern Ohio counties.

This three-year agreement with NESO will replace the current electricity supply contract for NOPEC customers. In late October, NOPEC’s current supplier announced that it was terminating its contract effective January 2017. The NESO agreement will commence as the current contract ends.

NOPEC’s new agreement with NESO assures that its customers will continue to receive the benefits of NOPEC membership which have resulted in about $250 million of electric cost savings to date. NOPEC considers itself most fortunate to have a new supplier with both an extremely strong financial standing and a nationally-recognized brand in the clean energy space, said Chuck Keiper, executive director of NOPEC.

NOPEC customers should expect to receive their opt-out notices for service under the new program in the next few weeks.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with NESO,” Keiper said. “This is a world-class clean energy company and we know that NOPEC electricity customers will be in very capable hands.”

NESO and NOPEC have entered into a separate agreement under which NESO will provide NOPEC with additional EarthEraTM Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 2017 that, when added to the RECs specifically required by applicable Ohio Renewables Portfolio Standard, will equal 50% of NOPEC customers’ energy usage in NOPEC’s footprint. Besides the provision of this increased REC quantity, NOPEC’s EarthEra program participation is also expected to direct over $10 million of NESO’s electricity sales revenues from these 13 Northern Ohio counties to be used for the construction of future NextEra Energy Resources renewable energy projects. This separate agreement will not result in any additional costs to NOPEC customers.

“All of this is good news on the green and renewable energy front,” NOPEC’s Keiper said. “NOPEC knows that it’s fostering a more sustainable future and that $10 million of NESO’s revenue is guaranteed to be spent on building new renewable energy generation.”

NESO’s parent is the largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun in North America. NOPEC and NESO have been working together to purchase Ohio-sourced natural gas and provide low- cost service to over 300,000 customers in 173 member communities since April 2014, and electricity to AEP member communities since August 2015.

Under the NOPEC-NESO retail electric aggregation supply agreement, customers will receive initial pricing from January 2017 through the summer high-demand period that will generate savings comparable to the expiring NOPEC contract savings. After the initial price period, customers will receive competitive variable rates based on favorable wholesale purchase prices than available in the market. There will be zero cancellation or early termination fees.

NOPEC-NESO electricity customers also will have the option to choose a variable rate that will mirror the percentage off utility price savings contained in the expiring contract. That variable rate will be available for as many as 10,000 customers.

“Our focus and goal since our recent contract termination has been to quickly find a supplier so that the power and savings would keep flowing to NOPEC customers as seamlessly as possible,” Keiper said. “But we also knew it was crucial to find a financially strong company that was first-in-class among energy suppliers. With NESO, we have all that, plus the familiarity from our existing successful partnerships. This is a slam-dunk and a great opportunity for our customers.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our business relationship with NOPEC and increase our business presence in the Buckeye State. We have been working hard to deliver results for NOPEC over many years now, and the level of confidence that they have expressed in our capabilities is quite humbling,” said Vice President of NESO Mark Palanchian.

For more information on the new NOPEC-NESO electricity agreement, visit NOPEC’s website at or call 855-667-3201 (855-NOPEC01).

About the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council: The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) is the largest public retail aggregation in the United States. Our members are communities (residential and small businesses) throughout Northeast Ohio. Currently, we serve more than 200 communities in 13 counties. For 15 years we have saved our communities and members more than a quarter of a billion dollars in cumulative electric savings and have provided more than $16 million in NOPEC community energy efficiency grants. Our flagship product, myNOPEC, is an online tool designed to help our members to understand that they have the power to control how much energy they use through rebates, energy saving tips and products, and technologies offered through our online store. For more information about NOPEC or how to become a member of myNOPEC, visit us at

About NextEra Energy Ohio, LLC.: NextEra Energy Ohio, LLC is the Ohio retail affiliate of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). NEE is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion, and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), as of April 2016.  For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:,,

FirstEnergy & NOPEC

NOPEC Solutions (FES) has recently terminated its agreement with Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for the energy aggregation program serving your community. The termination is effective in January 2017.

Both FES and NOPEC have separately reached out to you to provide notice of this termination and to supply you with suggested Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you in communicating with your community members.  Toward the mutual goal of reducing customer confusion, NOPEC and FES have conferred and developed a set of jointly approved FAQs: Final Joint NOPEC-FES FAQs.pdf .

We ask that you please use this revised FAQ and replace any prior version or suggested customer communication you may have previously received from either FES or NOPEC.

Carl Snezek, 2016 Hall of Fame Recipient

C013Hall of Famearl Snezek was inducted into the Elyria Township Hall of Fame this morning at St. Vincent de Paul Church after the
8:00 am mass.  The Board of Trustees would like to congratulate Carl on all of his achievements and dedication to Elyria Township and  St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Pictured:  Carl Snezek (L), Rob  Scheithauer (R)

Lock Boxes for Sale at the Fire Station

cgl-chThe purpose of the residential lock boxes is for the ETFD to get into a person’s house without breaking the door down. They are made by the Roper Lock Box Company. The Fire Department is selling the box and a blue sign with the numbers for $40. The blue sign is to identify that the house has a lock box. The ETFD will install the box by the front or back door and will lock the homeowner’s key inside of the box. They only access that key if there is a medical or fire emergency at that house. Only the ETFD has access to your house key. The keys are secured with another lock box on the ambulances and fire engines. They are only intended for residences, not for businesses. Contact the Fire Department at 440.324.2973 for more information or to make a purchase.

The Elyria Township Fire Department and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard 9/11 Ceremonial Events

The ceremony began yesterday at 8:00 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial located at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road. Events included Honor Guard and Fire Department lowering flags to half-staff, prayer/benediction, taps for the North Tower, brief remembrance speech, and taps for the South Tower. The ceremony concluded at 9:10 a.m.