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Letter: Mayors Support Electric Aggregation Measure

Referendum will appear on March 20 primary ballot.

On March 20, the residents of our communities will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum allowing their municipality to aggregate, or bundle, their electricity to seek a lower price. 

In an aggregation program the electricity is still delivered by ComEd but is supplied by a licensed alternative supplier. ComEd will still be responsible for billing, maintenance and any outage response. 

This program has already been successful in Crest Hill, New Lenox and 17 other Illinois communities. The residents in those communities are seeing savings of 10 to 20 percent on their total electric bill.  

Our communities are working together to combine the purchasing power of each of our individual communities into one larger buying group. We believe that by working together we can obtain a better electricity supply rate than any one of our communities going out on their own individually. 

We encourage all of our residents to learn more about electrical aggregation and the details of how this program would work at www.willelectricaggregation.org before heading to the polls. If you do not want to choose a partisan ballot you can request a non-partisan referendum only ballot to vote on this important issue.    

Mayor Roger Claar, Village of Bolingbrook

Mayor Bill Rulien, City of Braidwood

Mayor Joe Cook, Village of Channahon

Mayor Neal Nelson, City of Coal City

Mayor Michael Einhorn, Village of Crete

Mayor Terry Kernc, Village of Diamond

Mayor Martin Tully, Village of Downers Grove

Mayor William Offerman, Village of Elwood

Mayor Jim Daley, Villeage of Homer Glen

Mayor Tom Giarrante, City of Joliet

Mayor Brian Reaves, Village of Lemont

Mayor Dev Trivedi, City of Lockport

Mayor Pat Brennan, Village of Minooka

Mayor Daniel Tovo, Village of Monee

Mayor Michael Collins, Village of Plainfield

Mayor Henry Berry, Village of Rockdale

Mayor John Noak, Village of Romeoville

Mayor Richard Chapman, Village of Shorewood

Mayor Marty Orr, City of Wilmington

Mayor William Murphy, Village of Woodridge

Cindy March 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Be careful how you vote on this. If we allow the city to choose for us then we loose our right as an individual household to select what works best for us. We already have the right to select our utility provider at similar discounts. We would be forced to go wth the city's choice if this passes. The city doesn't always make the best decision. Research this before you vote.
JJMB March 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Cindy- your statement is incorrect. All customers will have the option to opt out of the program and have electricity provided by Com Ed (or another provider at a discount) as it is done currently. I was looking into this fact yesterday and was on the website which describes the referendum. http://www.willelectricaggregation.org/ Consumers who are savvy- which likely includes you as you already know that we can find alternative suppliers- still have that ability. Others will use who the city has chosen, but it NO EVENT can it be more expensive than the electricity if it were provided by Com Ed. It looks to be a Win-Win situation.
BIGMOUTH March 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yes let us change.Isn't this what Plainfield was told we went to Chicago water, it would be cheaper then fixing our own wells. and now HOW much is/has the water gone up since Chicago decided to increase their price of water... Everyone vote YES, go ahead, add one more thing that the Government states what you can do.... While we are at it, why don't we just give them our checkbooks so they can pay all of our bills and decide who we can use... Get smart, don't give the government more power.
taxpayer March 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I wonder how much money the Village is going to receive from this. What is their incentive?
BIGMOUTH March 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM
taxpayer, i am sure there is one.
April March 14, 2012 at 01:28 AM
You can opt out only PRIOR to the effective date. The reduced rates are only promised for two years but the authorization given to the municipality through this referendum is permanent (unless perhaps there is another referendum someday?). Why set ourselves up for more government influence over our everyday lives? If you're adult enough to vote, you should be adult enough to choose your own utility company when given the chance.
BIGMOUTH March 14, 2012 at 01:31 AM
AMEN April
taxpayer March 14, 2012 at 02:13 AM
After a little research I was able to switch to another supplier at $.0579 until May 2013. I am still trying to figure out why the Village wants to get into the utility business. They are already controlling our water and trash. Is this a new revenue steam for struggling communities.?
Tim March 14, 2012 at 03:28 AM
If you want to pretend to live on an island all by yourself, I suggest you actually do that. Otherwise, you are living in a metropolis of millions of people, and at a certain point you realize that there are things that can be accomplished in numbers, that can not be accomplished alone. Feel free to take your paranoia and live however you see fit, out in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise, try not to complain about something that the majority of residents see a need for and want. Large companies have been taking advantage of this for years, and have seen significant cost savings in their bottom line. Now, it is being less restricted (by the govt) to allow residential customers to reap the same benefits. Frankly, if you don't understand this is the result of a LESS government restricted activity, and think it is an actual increase in government, you probably won't understand the reasons this is a good thing. But ask yourself, who is it that you think directly regulated the limited amount of power companies that could exist in the state previously? The boogeyman?
April March 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Tim - I do not pretend to live on an island. I resent the unsolicited and unfounded diagnosis of paranoia. I stated the facts of the referendum as presented and asked what I believe to be a legitimate question. There is no reason why we can't disagree on ideas without resorting to personal attacks. Peace be with you.
George F Young March 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM
There is no incentive for the Village. The municipalities participating in this don't receive a thing from it. It is just a way to seek lower electric bills. You can go do this on your own right now but going as a larger group saves even more money. If you are worried about the government buying your power I've got news for you, the government already buys your power for you. The state of Illinois buys your power for you now. You get the provider of last resort rate. Frankly, I will be happy to see what the Village can save me since anything called the provider of last resort from this state is obviously terrible.
Tim March 14, 2012 at 04:00 PM
And when you make uninformed comments, you should expect to be taken to task for it. This isn't 5th grade where a teacher is going to hold your hand when you are wrong. This is, as you like to say 'being an adult'. When you make uninformed comments about 'more government control', it is obvious that you have not even spent 10 seconds on learning about what you are discussing. With that starting point being wrong, it almost assures every conclusion you come to will be wrong since it is based on an incorrect starting point. If you want to be taken seriously, you are going to have to take it seriously yourself and not just spew out whatever thought comes to your mind instantly. Take a minute to think about what you are saying, then check it out to make sure your line of thinking is valid. Had you done this, you quickly would have found out that this is LESS government control over the existing power structure you now live in, and have lived in for decades. Nobody can have a constructive discussion with you, when you are basing your starting point off of wildly incorrect information.
iasduhcfpdfh oirfoi March 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
April i'm with u, Tim sounds like a bigger government bak azwards thinking liberal trying to convince us that giving more authority to a government is somehow less government.
iasduhcfpdfh oirfoi March 19, 2012 at 05:12 PM
George, get real, government does not save u - period
iasduhcfpdfh oirfoi March 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
i'm voting against, my rule of thumb on politics is , does it increase or decrease government, this is clearly an increase in government
Valerie Caputa January 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I have mixed feelings. Deregulation was intended to give citizens a choice. While there is still a choice with aggregate programs it is still heavey handed and so many simply follow. Did the village choose the best company for you? What about natural gas which was also deregulated? If you would like to know more, contact me at my site or my email info@putinyourzipcode.com

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