- stay with the current plan and see what the new rate will be next June as we expect it to move up by at least .5 cents/kwh due to the increase in capacity costs that have already been established 3 years out.
- move back to Com Ed at the new lower rate and we will review next May as then they could move back to their Community Aggregation plan. If customers go back to ComEd, they have to stay there for a minimum of 6 months before they could re-enroll into the community program.
- select their own supplier from the ICC listing: https://www.pluginillinois.org/offers.aspx?said=1&ob=3 55 listed suppliers with over 90 offers. It is up to each resident and small business to make their choice individually and neither the Community nor Rock River Energy Services, by contract law should advise or recommend to them what choice to make. It is the resident’s final decision.
Carroll County has a unique opportunity to lower your individual electrical energy rate if you live outside of a municipality and are in the ComEd service territory. People in other municipalities such as Milledgeville, Lanark and Shannon have completed their programs and are now saving an average of approximately $250 per year. Carroll County unincorporated residents passed their referendum in the General Election in the Fall of 2012 and will have choices available for these residents and small businesses around April of 2013.
Over 300 Illinois communities have completed this process over the last few years and are now saving on the energy portion of their electric bill. These communities include several of our neighboring municipalities outside of Carroll County.
You will not be required to participate in the new program. Every unincorporated resident who does not already have an alternate supplier will receive a letter with the opportunity to “opt out” of the new program and stay with the utility as the energy supplier or select their own supplier. It’s important to remember that your electric bill and service will still be provided by the utility company.
Municipalities, townships, and counties throughout Illinois may now aggregate (pool together) the electric load of its residents to seek bids for lower electric supply rates from suppliers other than ComEd. This has come about because of the deregulation of the electric market by the State of Illinois.
The goal is to secure lower electric supply rates for residents and small businesses in the unincorporated county areas in the ComEd service territory.
There will be no change to your billing. Your current utility company will continue to send your monthly bill. They will still deliver the electricity and you will still call ComEd for service and outages.
Additional information about Carroll County considering buying electricity in bulk to save its residents and small businesses money can be obtained by calling our aggregation consultant, Rock River Energy Services, at 815-732-4603.
Carroll County Board and the Chairman of the County Board
- Electric Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance
What is Aggregation?
Aggregation is a process whereby an entire community moves to an alternate supplier as a group. The advantage of aggregation is that each individual customer does not have to understand the variety of offers that are available from a wide range of suppliers. The county, often with the assistance of a consultant, can do much of that research on behalf of its residents and select the offer that they believe reflects the best value. The negotiated rate is often the most beneficial and least risky offer available.
What is Comed's position on aggregation?
ComEd support aggregation and work cooperatively with municipalities and counties who elect to aggregate by providing load data and other necessary information. They also work with the alternative suppliers to make sure customers are enrolled with the correct suppliers on a timely basis. This program is only available to customers in ComEd service territory. Electrical accounts served under Jo-Carroll Energy utilities are unable to participate.
Why would a county pursue aggregation?
Counties are pursuing aggregation because they may be able to help their residents and eligible small businesses in the unincorporated area save money by creating a combined customer group that has more buying power than individual residents.
What action must I take if my county approves an aggregation program and I want to join the program?
If your county approves an aggregation program, you do not need to take any action in order to participate and get the negotiated electric supply price.
What if I have an existing supplier already?
You have the option of staying with your supplier or switching over to the aggregated rate. You will need to compare the rates. Rock River Energy Services can help you determine your best option.
What if I do not want to join the aggregation program?
You will have two opportunities to opt out of the program if you decide not to participate. The chosen supplier will send opt-out notices to all residents and eligible small businesses within the unincorporated area of the county. You will need to fill out and return the opt-out notice in order to be excluded from the program.
Who do I call if my power goes out?
You continue to call your local utility company, ComEd.
Who do I contact for more information on aggregation?
Visit the Illinois Commerce Commission website, www.pluginillinois.org or contact the county’s energy consultant, Rock River Energy Services, at 815-732-4603.