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Co-op wants Ohioans to buy natural gas locally
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council wants to keep gas from Utica and Marcellus shale here to drive down costs, instead of sending much of it out-of-state
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council wants to keep gas from Utica and Marcellus shale here to drive down costs, instead of sending much of it out-of-state
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Starting in April, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council says Ohioans could save 80 cents to a dollar per cubic foot when buying local natural gas.

NOPEC, located in Trumbull Country, is a co-op campaigning for Ohioans to purchase from the Utica and Marcellus shale.

NOPEC signed a six-year contract this week partnering with Florida-based, gas supplier NextEra Energy Services. The company agreed to purchase Ohio gas as part of NOPEC’s “buy locally” initiative. 

Chuck Keiper is the executive director of NOPEC.

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“We think it is an important part of our mission to keep a level playing field, to try to make energy as affordable as possible for our customers,” Keiper said.

Keiper said he’s not sure what impact NOPEC will have on the state and region, but he predicts there will be an increase in gas wells and more opportunities for businesses to develop. 

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