In April, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman appointed a six-person energy committee “to look at adding aggregation” for Columbus electric and natural gas customers, and that committee has recommended opt-out aggregation, according to a Columbus Business First article. Aggregation allows a large number of customers to negotiate with energy providers for lower rates based on their group buying power. Opt-out aggregation, which requires a public vote, automatically enrolls customers, who may opt out of the program if they do not wish to participate. The article reports that “Coleman and [Columbus City Council President Andrew] Ginther want the committee to get back to the drawing board.” Ginther said in a statement, “I appreciate the fact that commission members have carefully studied this issue and its potential impact on Columbus residents. The energy market is complex, and the commission’s continued work will ensure that a wide variety of options have been explored.” For more, read the full article.