Rainbow Trout

The Rowland Nature Preserve was packed with fisherpeople on Friday, April 21, for the arrival of 2,753 Rainbow Trout (10″-11″ long). The truck arrived at 9:30 am. You need a fishing license and the limit is five Rainbow Trout per day. The Preserve is located at 7475 Murray Ridge Road.

NOPEC Press Release

ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR LEGISLATION TO PROP UP NUCLEAR PLANTS
 
Latest Attack On Free Market Helps Big Utilities While Hurting Consumers
 
(Solon, Ohio) – The proposal introduced this week in the Ohio Legislature forcing Northern Ohio electric customers to subsidize uncompetitive and aging nuclear plants will further erode Ohio’s march toward a free market energy economy and cost consumers billions of dollars, said the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC).
 
“We oppose this bill,” said Chuck Keiper, executive director of NOPEC. “This is yet another subsidy for big utilities that hit Northern Ohio electric customers in their pocketbooks. People who believe in a free market must defeat this bad idea.”
 
The legislation would create zero-emission credits for FirstEnergy Corp.’s Perry Nuclear Power Plant and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station near Toledo. Under the proposal, the credits would be paid for by increasing electric rates for individuals and businesses up to 5 percent of their June 2015 total rate. The rate increase would hit 2 million Northern Ohio electric customers, including over 480,000 NOPEC customers.
 
NOPEC is a nonprofit council of governments that helps communities negotiate better deals on electricity and natural gas and currently offers energy choice to electric customers in 13 Northern Ohio counties.
 
“We’re not chipping away at the free market system. We’re taking chunks out of it,” said Ron McVoy, chairman of the NOPEC Board of Directors and a North Kingsville Village councilman. “We’re going to stand up for the free market and for our electric consumers.”
 

Catchable Trout Releases Scheduled for April 21, 2017 (Qty. Unknown)

COLUMBUS, OH – More than 100,000 rainbow trout are expected to be released this spring in 64 Ohio public lakes and ponds, creating excellent fishing opportunities for anglers all across Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The first rainbow trout release is scheduled for Friday, March 3, at Adams Lake in Adams County.

Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from March 3-May 21 as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. Information about the trout releases, including updates to the schedule due to weather and stocking locations, is available at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

By stocking these water areas throughout the state, opportunities are created for anglers of all ages to get out and enjoy quality spring trout fishing in a family-friendly environment. Many stocked locations will feature special angler events, including youth-only fishing on the day of the trout release.

Rainbow trout are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure 10-13 inches before they are released by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. The 2017-2018 fishing license is now available and is valid through Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. An annual resident fishing license costs $19. A one-day fishing license costs $11 for residents and nonresidents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.

Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.gov.

Sales of fishing licenses along with the federal Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, user-benefit program.

The SFR program is a partnership between federal and state government, industry, anglers and boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education to youth and secure and develop boat accesses.

For a list of trout stocking dates and locations, go to wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishing/trout-stocking-dates.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Editor’s Note: Scheduled trout releases in 2017 are listed in the attached document. Some locations will feature special events on the day of the scheduled trout release. The ** indicates a special angler event is planned for the trout release. For more information, contact the nearest wildlife district office.

For more information, contact:
John Windau, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614-265-6325
Matt Eiselstein, ODNR Office of Communications
614-265-6860

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 pmcnamara@nopecinfo.org.
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 bob@rjrlimited.com.
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.

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 www.nopecinfo.org/electricupdate 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 nopecinfo.org.

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: NextEraEnergy.com, FPL.com, NextEraEnergyResources.com.

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)