VAN WERT — Electric aggregation is back for another round in much of Van Wert County. The discounted electric rates are being offered this time for a three-year period at the same rate as was offered in 2012 — 5.85 cents per kilowatt hour.

As it happened two years ago, customers may opt out of the discount program, but those not wishing to take part must respond to the opt out letters already being sent from FirstEnergy.

Customers of American Electric Power (AEP) taking part in the program will receive electricity from FirstEnergy while AEP will handle the billing for delivery and maintenance charges. The charges will be on one bill from AEP. Customers who want to continue to get the discounted rate should not respond to the letter. Only those refusing the offer should respond.

According to the County Commissioner’s office, some AEP customers were missed during the start up of the program two years ago. Any AEP customers who do not receive an opt out letter by Wednesday, Feb. 26 and believe they would qualify should contact FirstEnergy at (866) 636-3749.

Customers who are under contract with another electric provider will not receive the opt out letter but can still join aggregation. Those people should investigate their current contract to see if there are early withdrawal penalties.

Aggregation is available to AEP customers in the villages of Convoy and Middle Point, the city of Van Wert, and the townships of Harrison, Jackson, Jennings, Liberty, Pleasant, Ridge, Union, Washington, and York.

Any questions can be answered by calling FirstEnergy at (866) 636-3749.