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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Smaller Illinois communities, including Mason, also eager to implement municipal aggregation plan

Mason is one in a long line of Illinois cities and counties interested in implementing energy aggregation in its community. Just in time for the Aug. 20 deadline, Mason placed on the Nov. 6 ballot a referendum in support of energy aggregation. Between then and election day, and with the help of Good Energy, town officials will work to inform voters about energy aggregation. If the referendum passes and the program proceeds, this could mean up to a 30 percent reduction in energy supply costs for residents as soon as January 2013. With a largely low-income and a significant aging population, Mason is a perfect candidate for energy aggregation. The only change residents will notice is a lower energy bill.

Mason places energy issue on Nov. 6 ballot (Effingham Daily News)

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If municipal aggregation plan passed Nov. 6, Pittsfield, Ill. will work with Good Energy

Counties across Illinois are eagerly instituting municipal aggregation plans in the hopes of lowering energy costs for consumers and Good Energy is helping lead the way. The Pittsfield City Council has just picked Good Energy over Simec Energy to guide the city through energy supply negotiations. The consulting company, which is based in New York, will receive a fee for their work only if the county successfully negotiates a bid with a new energy supply company. And even then, the fee will be paid for by the energy company, not by the city.

Pittsfield hires consultant to work with municipal aggregation process (Quincy Herald-Whig)

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Another Illinois City Makes the Decision to Bid for Cheaper Energy

Decatur, Ill. has started working with Good Energy to institute a municipal aggregation program which will open up the energy supply market, forcing companies to vie for the city's business. Recently, the Decatur City Council voted to approve an "opt-out" program, meaning that all residents will be automatically enrolled in the program offered by a new electricity supply company. Electricity will still be delivered by Ameren Illinois, and residents will still receive a bill from Ameren, but if all goes well with the push for municipal aggregation, the company will no longer supply the generation portion of the power to the people of Decatur. And for all of this, the city does not pay a dime to Good Energy. Their fee will come from the contract-winning energy supply company.

Consultant to Launch Aggregation Campaign via The Herald & Review

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Election day in Illinois nears for municipal aggregation referendum

When Illinois residents go to the polls Nov. 6, they'll be voting on the next president of the United States and the freedom to collectively negotiate a lower price for energy. More than a dozen Illinois counties and towns have independently agreed to place a referendum to allow municipal aggregation plan on the upcoming ballot. The more counties which vote to allow municipal aggregation, the lower they'll help drive the cost of energy. Though the economics are simple, the language can be confusing. To help, Good Energy will be on the ground in Illinois explaining to residents what a municipal aggregation plan means for their energy bill. Good Energy's message is simple: Municipal aggregation means lower costs with no extra work for consumer.

Electricity issue soon will be up to area voters (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)

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Energy Companies Soliciting Residents' Business are Not Associated with City's New Energy Deal

After the city of Effingham, Ill. hired Good Energy to help broker a deal with energy companies with the aim of lowering the price per kilowatt hour of electricity, other third party companies, not in any way affiliated with Good Energy or the city deal, began soliciting residents for their business. City officials want to make clear, however, that these energy companies, though they may be legitimate, are not part of the city's plan for municipal energy aggregation. Good Energy, in addition to helping find the lowest price for residents as part of their municipal aggregation program, will also help to explain to residents what it all means. The proposal for the city to accept another energy company's bid will be a presented as a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. If the referendum is passed, independent energy companies will begin to bid for the contract and residents could see lower energy bills as early as January 2013.

City Advises on Energy Solicitors via Effingham Daily News

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