Municipal Aggregation

The deregulation of natural gas and electricity services in Ohio and other states has made it possible for cities, counties, villages and townships to establish aggregation programs, or buying groups, individually or with others, that allow retail customers (such as residents and small businesses) to combine their purchasing power to achieve savings on natural gas and electricity costs.

The people at Independent Energy Consultants are pioneers in the successful implementation of electricity and natural gas aggregation programs. We currently have over 100 community relationships through our electric and natural gas programs across Ohio and Illinois.  In Illinois, Ohio, Virginia and Texas, local governments may choose to implement an "Opt-in" program (where each consumer must agree to participate to be included) or an "Opt-out" program (where each consumer is automatically included in the buying group unless he or she specifically requests not to be).

Municipal Aggregation is a valuable service that residents and small businesses look for from their local governments. It has proven to be the most effective way to help small consumers manage their utility bills, and has received overwhelming support wherever it's been tried. To find out which type of program is best for your community, please contact us.

Independent Energy Consultants Gives Back to Local Governments

As part of its goal to be a responsible corporate citizen, Independent Energy Consultants is proud to say that no tax dollars are used to establish our Energy Aggregation Programs. We are also pleased to have been able to make donations to the general fund of our local Government Aggregation clients. Please contact us, if you would like to learn how our programs can help your residents and small businesses, and help fund energy efficiency projects at your government-owned facilities.

Independent Energy Consultants negotiated thirteen Electric Aggregation Programs that provide guarantee discounts off the local utility company rates for residential and small commercial customers. The offers also included over $7.4 million of civic grants to our clients' general funds. Contact us to see how we can help your community benefit in these difficult economic times.

For some examples of how municipal aggregation programs orchestrated by IEC representatives have successfully helped communities, visit our Case Histories page.

IEC representatives have formed numerous municipal aggregation and private buying group programs in the Commonwealth Edison, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Dominion East Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio, and Duke Energy service territories, and are now actively pursuing the establishment of aggregation programs in the following:


Natural Gas Service Territories - OH/VA
Columbia Gas of Ohio Dominion East Ohio
Duke Energy - Ohio Vectren Energy Delivery
Electricity Service Territories - IL/OH/VA/TX
Ameren Illinois Commonwealth Edison
Cleveland Electric Illuminating Columbus Southern
Dayton Power and Light Duke Energy - Ohio
Ohio Edison Ohio Power
Toledo Edison AEP Texas Central
AEP Texas North CenterPoint
Nueces Oncor
Sharyland Texas-New Mexico Power


If your community has not started a municipal aggregation program yet for electricity or natural gas, please contact Independent Energy Consultants to see how we can manage your program from start to finish.


  • "The City of Munroe Falls has benefitted from its long and close relationship with Independent Energy Consultants (IEC).  Their knowledge and recommendations have saved the residents and small businesses of Munroe Falls millions of dollars through our Governmental Aggregation Programs.  The employees at IEC are very proactive in relieving me and my staff of  the administrative burdens of keeping our programs in compliance with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.

    They have also been an invaluable resource in resolving any issues that have come up, whether they are questions from residents or problems with a supplier. IEC continues to find our residents low rates for their electricity and natural gas and I value them as a trusted partner. In the past we have had other consultants but they could not compare with the quality service we receive from IEC."
    Frank Larson,
    Mayor, City of Munroe Falls
  • "Mark, Spectacular!  Congrats on your instincts and expertise.  You will make a lot of people happy.  I'll call you later.  Thanks, on behalf of 10s of thousands..."
    City Law Director
  • "Thanks, Mark.  I think that is an excellent price.  We appreciate all your hard work."
    City Mayor
  • "Mr. Burns brings 22 years of experience and expertise in the fields of natural gas and electricity to governmental aggregation programs. His knowledge and experience, coupled with his awareness of and sensitivity to residential energy customers' preferences, makes it easy for a City to present a well-organized and cost-beneficial aggregation program to City residents.

    Mr. Burns is always ready to personally assist the individual resident in joining or leaving an aggregate group. He is always willing to explain the program to those residents that may have questions. He understands that governmental energy aggregates are made of people, not numbers.

    Mr. Burns watches the market trends and advises a governmental aggregator when to strike a price for an energy program. He tracks activity before the Public Utilities Commission and advises of issues that will impact municipalities so that we may address those issues. His advice and attention to our municipality has made my job much easier, and has resulted in professionally-run aggregate programs."
    Phyllis Vento de Crespo
    Former Assistant Director of Law
    City of Euclid, OH
  • "It has been my pleasure to work with Mark Burns in developing Green's electric and gas aggregation programs. Green was one of the first municipalities to initiate an aggregation program, and Mr. Burns' knowledge and drive were instrumental in getting this accomplished in a timely and cost efficient manner.

    The city of Green has saved its residents literally millions of dollars in reduced costs for both power and natural gas. Given Mr. Burns' extensive knowledge and customer responsiveness, I would recommend him unconditionally to coordinate any utility based study."
    Dan Croghan
      Former Mayor
    City of Green, OH
  • "Thanks for all you're your hard work and perseverance. This program has been a huge positive in otherwise gloomy economic times."
    Township Administrator
  • "Most people turn to a quality atlas or a reputable consumer magazine when they need help planning a trip through unfamiliar territory or making an important purchase. I turned to Mark Burns, the founder of Independent Energy Consultants.

    Mark calmly, politely and successfully guided our city through every phase of our opt-in and opt-out natural gas aggregation programs. He also helped taxpayers, our city, and our council of local governments achieve significant savings on residential, small business and public building heating bills.

    Mark Burns is the consummate professional, knowledgeable, certified, neophyte-friendly, always available to answer questions, and always planning ahead. I give him thumbs up, way up."
    Joe Martuccio
    Law Director, City of Canton
  • "Thanks for the good job you are doing. I know the residents of the township appreciate the savings particularly in these difficult economic times."
    Township Trustee
  • "Mark,  I will send this out today - as is.  Thank you for your hard work, this program has been wonderful."
    Township Administrator
  • "IEC has been an excellent advisor to the Village of Silver Lake in every way possible.  Because of the advice received from IEC, our residents have saved many thousands of dollars on their energy costs.  The rates we pay have always been lower than surrounding communities not serviced by IEC.

    I look forward to our continued relationship with IEC, knowing that I will always receive the most complete and most professional service possible. "
    Bernie Hovey,
    Mayor, Village of Silver Lake