The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) working to bring electric aggregation to Athens County and the city of Athens has “narrowed down potential aggregation supplier companies to AEP Energy and Empower Gas and Electric,” reports The Athens News. Athens mayor Paul Wiehl said that SOPEC is “considering using a merger of different services from the two,” according to the article. SOPEC’s goal is to create a council of governments that new entities can join later if they want to participate in the aggregation, without requiring further approval from PUCO. Aggregation allows customers to band together to purchase as a group and thereby negotiate lower rates. Athens City Council member Jennifer Cochran said, “We want to bring down energy costs, provide savings to residents, and get some sustainability into our mix and local generation whenever possible.” For more, read the full article.