The preliminary results of the Carol Stream Municipal Electric Aggregation Referendum saw 60% of local voters who went to the polls on November 6th and weighed in on the electric aggregation referendum vote ‘Yes’ on the ballot petition to gave the Village authority to bundle electric supply for its 15,100 homeowners and approximately 75 small businesses. The next step in the aggregation process includes adopting a Plan of Operations and Governance which is scheduled for the November 19th regular Village Board meeting.
At this time, the Village Board will consider supply pricing from a handful of chosen electric suppliers who met the stringent pre-qualification standards for participating in the public bid process. At the conclusion of the November 19th meeting, the Village anticipates approving an electric supply bid from one of the certified suppliers. The expected timeline for subsequent milestones in the aggregation process include the following:
- Opt out period begins in early December 2012
- Power flow to begin in February or March 2013
- ComEd bills received the following month will reflect the new supply rate
During this post-referendum period, Carol Stream residents and small businesses may likely be solicited by retail electric suppliers who claim to be the Village’s chosen electric supplier for its aggregation program. Instances of unauthorized solicitation by phone, e-mail or in-person from electric suppliers have been reported in communities that have aggregated. Residents and small businesses are advised to be cautious during the coming months regarding this type of activity. Should a representative from an electric supply company solicit in person your home or business, local property owners are asked to see their Village-issued photo identification badge. Any solicitor who fails to produce a Village-issued photo identification badge should be immediately reported to emergency 9-1-1. Residents who are solicited by telephone or e-mail to join an electric supply program should beware of any request for you to share with them your Com-Ed account number. In an ‘Opt Out’ (voluntarily self-exclude) municipal electric aggregation program like the Village’s, the chosen supplier does not phone, e-mail or visit residents to enlist their participation. Residents and businesses may file a complaint against the untoward business practices of an electric supplier by phoning the Illinois Commerce Commission at (800) 524-0795 or online at www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint
RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2012
CONTACT: Christopher Oakley, Asst. to the Village Manager