Olney and unincorporated Richland County will vote on energy aggregation Tuesday

On Nov. 6, voters in Olney and the surrounding unincorporated areas in Richland County will vote on an energy aggregation referendum, which, if passed, will help lower the energy supply rate for area residents. Around 50 other Illinois counties will be voting on a similar referendum that day. Earlier this year, more than 55 counties around the state okayed energy aggregation and accepted contracts for a lower energy supply rate from a company other than Ameren Illinois or Commonwealth Edison. If the referendum passes in Olney Tuesday, Good Energy will help negotiate that new energy supply contract for the city and the surrounding areas.

Source: Electric referendum on ballot [Olney Daily Mail]

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Energy prices rise later from what they were earlier this year

In March 2012, more than 50 Illinois communities passed an energy aggregation referendum which would allowed them the chance to negotiate their own energy supply rate. The lowest current bid on electricity is 4.50 cents per kWh, about half a cent higher than it was earlier this year. However, residents will still save considerably by switching, because Ameren Illinois' rate is just over 6 cents per kWh currently. Once a community accepts an energy company's bid, that price rate is locked in for two years. This can either be a good thing or a bad thing. When Ameren's contract ends in January 2013, the company could enter the competitive market with much lower rates. On the flip side, the two-year contract also ensures that energy rates stay low in the event of an unexpected spike in prices. Of the 160 communities with energy aggregation referendums on Tuesday's ballot, Good Energy, a New York-based energy consulting company, represents 62.

Source: Opt out latecomers to pay more [Washington Times Reporter]

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Clearing up questions about price-match guarantee and energy aggregation

A watchdog group, called the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), has warned voters to consider possible reductions in Ameren Illinois's energy rate come January before voting "yes" on Tuesday's energy aggregation referendum. Ameren's contract--and thus fixed rate--will end in January 2013, at which point the company will be able to reset its rate. Because the current rate was set at a time when there was little to no competition in the market, the cost per kWh is markedly higher than the prices independent energy companies have been offering to Illinois communities which have passed municipal aggregation. CUB, the watchdog group, worries if Ameren offers a lower rate in January that residents would not be able to take advantage of it. But, Charles de Castega, Good Energy's managing partner, says that it's possible to negotiate a price-match clause into the new energy supplier's contract. If that happens, the supplier is required to match the most competitive price in the energy supply market.

Source: CUB urges voters to carefully weigh electrical aggregation vote [Herald & Review]

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Belleville to hold a last-minute information meeting about energy aggregation

Before going to the polls to vote, make sure you know what else is on your ballot, other than the race for the Presidency. On Monday, there will be an informational meeting in the City Council Chambers at Belleville City Hall about the energy aggregation referendum on Tuesday's ballot. If you have any last minute questions, make sure to make the meeting, or read your voter guide. A "yes" vote on the energy referendum will allow Belleville residents to negotiate for cheaper energy rate.

Source: Want to find out more about electric aggregation? Belleville meeting is Monday [Belleville News-Democrat]

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Papers across Illinois answer last-minute questions about energy aggregation

Are you still kind of fuzzy on what energy aggregation is? Do you still wonder what exactly it is that Good Energy does, or how a "yes" vote on the energy aggregation referendum will affect you? If so, then Oblong Gem's recent article on electrical aggregation is meant for you. On Thursday, with just five days left in the 2012 campaign, Oblong Gem, local paper, tried to answer some questions about energy aggregation that voters may still have. The aggregation referendum will be on the Nov. 6 ballot in counties around the state of Illinois.

Source: Electrical Aggregation On Voters Ballot [Oblong Gem]

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West-Central Illinois communities ready themselves to vote on energy aggregation

Come Tuesday, seven communities in Western-Central Illinois, including Quincy and Pittsfield, will vote on the energy aggregation referendum which would allow residents to negotiate as a group their own price for energy. Pittsfield chose Good Energy as their energy consultant to help ensure that the public is fully informed about energy aggregation and to negotiate a lower energy price with independent energy suppliers. To help still-undecided voters make up their minds, the Herald-Whig included in its article a quick guide on the basics of municipal aggregation.

Source: Utility bills are bottom line when voters cast ballots on electrical aggregation [Quincy Herald-Whig]

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Vote "yes" on energy aggregation, Herald and Review editorial says

The Herald & Review released an editorial today advocating a "yes" vote on the energy aggregation referendum come Nov. 6. If you vote for energy aggregation and it passes, and you decide later that you don't want to participate, you're not obligated to. You can simply "opt-out." As the editorial explains, having bulk purchasing power is the essence of energy aggregation.

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Robinson Illinois gets an education in energy aggregation

On Monday, Javier Barrios, a managing partner of Good Energy, spoke to attendees at a community meeting in Robinson, Ill. about the benefits of energy aggregation. He encouraged residents to vote "yes" on the energy aggregation referendum, which, if passed, would allow residents of Robinson to act as a single buyer. By coming together in a collective, the residents of Robinson would have more buying power and thus more sway in the market, driving down the price of energy. All residents would be enrolled automatically, but if a household does not want to participate, there will be an opt-out period during which they can return to Ameren Illinois' service. Barrios emphasized that automatically enrolling all residents in the program made the likelihood much higher that residents would be able to broker a much lower energy supply rate.

Source: County gets more aggregation info ahead of election [Robinson Daily News]

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Good Energy on WTYE 101.7 in Crawford County

This week, Good Energy sat down with WTYE 101.7's Chris Forde on the "Civic Interest" news program to talk about the Electricity Supply Proposition that will be on the ballot Nov. 6. Javier Barrios, Managing Partner of Good Energy, explained to Chris what the history of the program is and what the merits will be if residents of the City of Robinson, the Villages of Hutsonville, Oblong and Palestine, and the unincorporated portions of Crawford County vote "yes" for the program.

Source: 101.7 WTYE "Civic Intrest" with Chris Forde

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A good idea a year ago; a good idea today

A year after Philip Carr, Business Development Director for Good Energy, introduced the concept of energy aggregation before the Glen Carbon Village Board, local communities, including Edwardsville, will vote on an aggregation referendum. If the referendum passes, Carr promised that residents will see a 25 to 27% reduction in their energy supply costs because they'll be able to bid as a collective.

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