Municipal aggregation uses the group purchasing power of residents to help cities negotiate lower prices on electricity bills, and potentially cleaner energy sources.
Over 200 Illinois communities have already used aggregation to capture savings for residents and small businesses.
On Nov. 6th, Chicago voters approved a referendum authorizing the City to seek lower electricity rates for residential and small business ratepayers. After receiving prices and service qualifications from retail electric suppliers, the City has negotiated an agreement with Integrys Energy Services, Inc., that will lower monthly electricity bills for residents and small businesses.
Eligible City of Chicago customers will be automatically enrolled in the program unless they opt out by January 9, 2013. Once enrolled in the program, City of Chicago customers can still leave at any time and will never have to pay any fees associated with joining or leaving the program.
Three things you should know:
- If you do nothing, you will be automatically enrolled in the City's program and save about 21%
- ComEd will continue sending monthly bills, responding to outages, and delivering electricity.
- No one from the City's program will ever come to your door to ask you to switch to a new supplier. Anyone who does come to your door is not with the City program.