In time for August deadline, Jerseyville, Ill. puts municipal aggregation on November ballot

A second wave of Illinois counties interested in implementing a municipal aggregation program is coalescing. The Jerseyville City Council has just agreed to put the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. If it passes, Jerseyville and about 200,000 other households will be eligible to accept contracts from independent energy suppliers for a better kilowatt per hour rate. And they will join the 51 other Illinois counties which voted earlier this year to implement municipal aggregation plans. With the help of Good Energy, the participating counties signed a two-year contract with a new energy supplier. Over the next couple months, Good Energy will talk residents of Jerseyville and other Illinois counties through the changes they'll see on their monthly energy bill, what municipal aggregation is, and what each resident will have to do to enroll.

Council approves energy referendum - Jersey County Journal (Subscription Required)

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As the mercury climbs and energy bills rise this summer, Illinois residents negotiate cheaper energy

In the dead of summer when the heat is driving you nearly mad, it's hard to comtemplate turning off the air conditioner for even an hour. The hotter it gets, the cooler you want it, the higher your energy bill soars. In July 2012, the hottest month on record, beating out the Dust Bowl in July 1936, Illinois' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program was flooded with applications begging for financial help. Just in time for this costly summer, Illinois municipalities have begun working with Good Energy to pass a referendum on the November ballot for a municipal aggregation plan, which which will allow residents of Illinois to collectively buy energy, thus driving down the price. So, in addition to cutting costs by circulating cooler air with a fan and keeping the shades closed during the blazing hot daytime, Good Energy is working with county governments to negotiate a lower price for energy with independent suppliers.

Suffering the bills to beat the heat (My Journal Courier)

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After rejecting municipal aggregation once, St. Clair County has another shot to pass referendum

In the second wave of Illinois counties approving municipal aggregation, St. Clair County is going to get with the program and pass the referendum, Philip Carr of Good Energy says. That county officials have voted unanimously to put the referendum on the ballot a second time is a good indication that they believe there's no downside to implementing the plan. Apart from lower energy rates, nothing will change for consumers. Ameren Illinois will still handle energy delivery and billing, but consumers will see a lower kilowatt per hour rate. Since municipal aggregation became possible in the state of Illinois 243 municipalities and counties have gotten on board, and though St. Clair County had the chance to pass the referendum with the first round, it was defeated on the March 20 ballot by about 1,000 votes. The county will vote again on Nov. 6.

St. Clair County places electricity bargaining issue on November ballot (Belleville News-Democrat)

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Good Energy in the News: Low Bids Mean Electric Savings Top $60 Million

Good Energy selected Homefield Energy to supply energy to residents of Southern and Central Illinois after a host of independent energy companies submitted their best and final offers to serve the aggregated residential and small business load of 50 municipalities and counties. The new energy contract will save the average Illinois household $200 annually and is projected to save the whole collective of residents nearly $60 million over the two-year term of the contract. In addition, of the 50 municipalities and counties that decided to buy collectively, 44 of them purchased 100 percent green energy. Green energy advocacy is central to Good Energy's mission to provide a smarter way to buy energy.

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Municipal Aggregation Update: Urbana, IL Residents to Save 36 Percent on Electric Supply Costs

Urbana's two-year contract with Homefield Energy begins in August, and residents of the Illinois city will immediately begin seeing a change in their electric bills. The deal, brokered by Good Energy and signed in early May 2012, will lower the cost of the electricity supply portion of residents' bills by an average of 36 percent. Distribution and delivery of the power, which will still be handled by the same service provider as in the past, will cost the same, and residents will continue to report any service issues or outages to Ameren exactly as they always have. As the program becomes more widespread and residents see for themselves that only the cost of their energy supply is different, and that nothing else changes by virtue of the new contract, Good Energy and Homefield Energy intend to assist those residents who initially opted out of the energy deal, to sign up.

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Good Energy in the News: Rolling Meadows, IL Mayor is Charged Up Over Low Rate

The Journal & Topics newspaper tells us how Good Energy helped Rolling Meadows, IL residents lower their electricity supply rates from 8.30 cents per kilowatt-hour down to 4.62 per kilowatt-hour.

Read how the Mayor is "Tickled". (Glad we can help Mayor Rooney!)

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Good Energy in the News: Electrical Aggregation Rate Confirmed for Godfrey

Godfrey, IL residents will benefit from lower electricity supply rates. "We are overly excited to accomplish our ultimate goal, which is to provide savings for all the cities involved in our aggregation," - thanks to Good Energy.

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Eureka, IL Residents Could Save 35 Percent on Energy Bills

Residents of Eureka, Illinois have reason to celebrate. On May 9, 2012, after Good Energy negotiated a contract with energy supplier Homefield Energy, the supply cost of energy for Eureka residents dropped precipitously. As a result, residents will see savings of up to 35 percent on the cost of their energy supply on their next bill. Though Homefield Energy will be the new supply company, Ameren will continue to act as the energy distribution company for southern and central Illinois. If residents so choose, they can continue to buy their energy supply from Ameren as well, although the price will be higher than the one Good Energy negotiated.

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Peoria, IL Residents Could Save More than Expected on Electricity

In Peoria, residents are expected to save big on their electricity bills starting June 2012. With the consulting help of Good Energy, Peoria voted to shop its residential and small business electricity load as a group. As a result, many Peoria residents, who were formerly supplied by Ameren, will switch to Homefield Energy and will see deep cuts in their energy bill. Residents will save as much as $225 and $250 annually, and over the course of the two-year contract, Peoria residents as a whole will save upwards of $9 million on energy supply costs. Ameren will continue to handle distribution and to issue all electric bills to all households throughout Peoria.

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South Pekin Could Miss Out on Electricity Savings

Despite going through the steps to approve municipal aggregation, representatives of South Pekin, Illinois were not allowed to participate in the energy auction that took place on May 9. As it turned out, South Pekin had not fulfilled the necessary requirements to take part in the program, which include holding two open meetings in which the public can express concerns about the program and have their questions addressed. Managing partner of Good Energy, Charles de Casteja, said that if South Pekin wanted a shot at the new locked-in energy rate, they'd need to act immediately.

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