SILVER LAKE — The cost of natural gas for village residents is dropping, after village officials announced that they have set a rate of $3.183 per Mcf (1,000 cubic feet) for its natural gas aggregation program that will be in effect from April through March 2020.

The previous rate was $3.247 per Mcf, according to Silver Lake Mayor Bernie Hovey.

Constellation is the supplier in the village’s program.

Residents and small businesses should look for a letter from Constellation to arrive explaining the new rate and the various means to join the program.

"We are pleased to have been able to secure this low rate for our residents and businesses," said Hovey. "This rate provides price protection for an entire year and gives customers the ability to opt out free of charge at any time for any reason."

Anyone currently enrolled in the program will receive a rate-change notice from Constellation explaining the rate, terms and conditions of the offer. These accounts will remain in the program unless they contact Constellation. Anyone who has not chosen a supplier will receive an opt-out notice from Constellation explaining the rate, terms and conditions, and methods for opting out of the village’s aggregation program. These accounts will be added to the program unless the potential customer opts out as indicated in the letter.

Customers served by another supplier are eligible to receive the new program rate. These customers must contact Constellation at 844-516-5249 to join the program. These customers should be aware of the obligations in their existing contract before joining the village’s program, as many suppliers charge a penalty for early termination of a contract. Customers wishing to join the program must be in good standing with their bill payment and cannot be part of the utility’s percentage of income payment program (PIPP).

If residents and business owners have questions about the program, they should call Constellation at 844-516-5249 or visit www.constellation.com/oh-silverlake. They should not call village hall offices.