Explaining Municipal Aggregation and You (Illinois Residents)

Over the past year, as more and more Illinois municipalities have been passing and implementing municipal aggregation plans, customers have saved significantly on their at-home energy supply costs. Projections suggest that municipal aggregation implemented in residential areas, could save residents 21 to 30% on the average home's total energy bill, which translates to 35 to 50% saved on just their energy supply usage.

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After voting "no" in March, Normal residents have a second chance to pass energy aggregation

Eight months after the energy aggregation referendum failed to pass in Normal, Ill., the issue is on the ballot once again. After the first vote on municipal aggregation, complaints arose that voters were not as informed as they needed to be in order to pass such a resolution. This time, however, Good Energy is helping to ensure that residents know what aggregation means for them. As for the other municipalities and counties which have passed municipal aggregation, Good Energy's managing partner, Charles de Casteja, says that residents are seeing savings of 25 to 30% on their energy supply rates. The main opposition comes from members of the Republican party, like John Parrott Jr., McLean County Republican Party Chairman, who oppose municipal aggregation on the grounds that it invites government into another sector of everyday life.

Source: Normal residents to vote on electric aggregation [Pantagraph.com]

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On the Committee for Municipal Electricity Choice Website: Good Energy speaks with Effingham Radio about the Nov. 6 Energy Supply Proposition

Effingham Radio spoke with Philip Carr, a representative for Good Energy, about the energy supply proposition that will be on the local ballot Nov. 6. Carr has been traveling around Illinois explaining the basics of energy aggregation to residents. In March 2012, about 60 Illinois communities voted to approve municipal aggregation and switched from Ameren Illinois. Ameren, which has historically both supplied and distributed energy to Illinois residents, will continue to distribute energy and maintain the power lines, but they will no longer supply the actual energy if the proposition passes in Effingham. "An individual household can get the same purchasing power as a heavy industrial user," Carr said. If the energy supply proposition passes, residents don't have to do anything extra to enroll, Carr emphasized. Only if you choose to opt-out of the program will you have to contact either Ameren, or the winning energy supplier.

Source: The Committee for Municipal Electricity Choice

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The results are in: Municipal aggregation is a hit with Illinois residents

For consumers who were in the first wave of Illinois residents to enact a municipal aggregation program, the results are in: energy aggregation is a hit. This summer, consumers who voted to pass the referendum in March, saw immediate cost reductions on their bills. But this didn't come as a surprise. Before going to the polls, Good Energy made a push to spread the word: Municipal aggregation saves you money and is in voters' best interest. Though a number of counties in the area did approve municipal aggregation when it was on the March ballot, voters in Collinsville, Granite City and every other counties near Glen Carbon did not. But those residents are not out of luck. On Nov. 6, the ordinance will be on the ballot once again, and Good Energy is devoting energy to persuading voters to vote "yes" on the Electricity Supply Proposition.

Electrical supply measure goes back to Metro East voters on November ballot [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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In theory, municipal aggregation looked liked a good idea; in practice, it was a home run

Illinois residents are seeing the benefits of collective buying power. More than 220,000 residences signed on to participate in the municipal aggregation program, including Bethalto residents, have all seen a major reduction in the cost of energy at home. In the planning stages, Good Energy predicted residents would save between 15 and 25 percent per kilowatt hour, but because so many people signed on and because Good Energy was able to help negotiate a much lower energy cost, the savings are close to 36 percent per kilowatt hour. What must have looked to consumers like an optimistic goal, now appears to have been a conservative one.

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Good Energy is Forsyth's logical pick for energy consultant to help with municipal aggregation

In Illinois, not only is municipal aggregation gaining supporters, but so too is Good Energy. While the concept of municipal aggregation is simple, the paperwork and logistics can be exhausting. That's where Good Energy comes in. They act as educators on every level, from the public to the politicians, in addition to making sure municipalities meet deadlines to get the referendum on the ballot. And on Thursday Mike Miller, Village Administrator of Forsyth, approved Good Energy, which now boasts an impressive record of implementing energy aggregation programs in Illinois, to be the town's consulting firm. Their goal will be to make sure municipal aggregation passes and goes into effect without a hitch.

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Crawford County hires Good Energy to implement municipal aggregation plan

Another Illinois county has voted to select Good Energy as its energy consulting company for help implementing a municipal energy aggregation plan. The board, which voted Sept. 20 to approve Good Energy, is joining the flood of Illinois counties which have pledged to help residents collectively bargain for cheaper energy. The Crawford County board members are adamant that all the public information meetings meant to educate the public on municipal aggregation be held before the election, so voters are as informed as possible before they go to the polls Nov. 6.

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Good Energy breaks down the benefits of energy aggregation for Centralia's Chamber of Commerce

Philip Carr, the Business Development Director for Good Energy, spoke to Centralia's Chamber of Commerce Wednesday and explained municipal electric aggregation. In addition to talking about the savings consumers will see on their energy bills, Carr explained why Good Energy was the company most qualified to handle the city's transition to electric aggregation. He reassured the Chamber that Good Energy specializes in energy aggregation and is deeply invested in helping Illinois towns and counties understand and implement aggregation plans. Because residents will buy energy as a group, the cost will be much less per individual. In addition to that, Carr talked about how energy is selling at a ten-year low. Because residents will sign a two-year contract with the new energy supplier, the low rate will be fixed. If the referendum passes on Nov. 6, the price reduction will go into effect in Centralia and surrounding incorporated areas.

Good Energy Speaks on Electric Aggregation at Centralia Chamber Luncheon (WJBD Radio)

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