After signing a deal with Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions in 2012, Cincinnati became the "largest metropolitan area in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy," City Beat reports (See our Sept 29, 2013, blog post for more information). Last week, the city renegotiated a new two-year deal with FirstEnergy. Interim City Manager Scott Stiles initially "chose a fossil fuel-generated plan that would have saved residents $5.63 a year,"according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. However, several City Council Democrats protested his decision, moving Stiles to recently announce his intention to keep the city's green electricity plan, City Beat reports. The city's green energy plan defaults customers into the renewable energy option, but does include an opt-out provision for those wanting electricity from traditional, fossil fuel-based sources.