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Municipal Aggregation

He told the alternative supplier: I know the mayor doesn’t endorse your offer—because I am the mayor!

Crest Hill Mayor Raymond Soliman doesn’t need to be warned about misleading door-to-door pitches by alternative electric suppliers. A salesman once lied to him in his own front yard—and it was a doozy. At a recent utility bill clinic in Crest Hill, he shared the story with Lead Service Liaison…...

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Special report: Community power deals

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Are you on a community power deal?

CUB has sent out a special report about community power deals: Make sure you’re paying the lowest electricity rate possible! We customized this report for Northern Illinois consumers and people who live in Central/Southern Illinois....

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Checklist: What Everyone Should Know About Municipal Aggregation

What price is the supplier offering and how does it compare with the utility’s price? While it is a basic question, it is the key question for consumers: Will I save money with municipal aggregation? Ask community leaders to be clear about the price being offered and match it up…...

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Does your community have a power deal?

Illinois law allows municipalities and counties to purchase electricity on behalf of residential and small-business utility customers living within their borders. This is called municipal aggregation. This is a list of about 600 community power deals in Illinois, according to PlugInIllinois.0rg, the state of Illinois’ electricity choice website. (Communities are…...

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Constellation to customers: Your electric rates are going UP

Residents in several towns that have community power deals with Constellation are getting letters informing them that the price they pay for electricity is going up because of a “change in law.” Let CUB explain: What’s happening? Under Illinois law, communities can enter into “municipal aggregation” deals with alternative electric companies…...

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Special Report: 100+ Northern IL community power deals more expensive than ComEd

CUB told CBS 2 Chicago that more than 100 community power deals in Northern Illinois are charging a higher price than ComEd. It’s another sign of how much Illinois’ electricity market has changed in just a few years, and, as CBS 2 reported, it’s a good reason to look at…...

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Big Mistake: Spark Energy sends erroneous letters to suburban consumers

CUB wants to set the record straight about erroneous information Spark Energy has mailed to some Chicago-area residents. The Journal & Topics Newspapers reported that Buffalo Grove put out a news release about the alternative electricity supplier’s “false aggregation notice.” And Arlington Heights resident and CUB Litigation Director Julie Soderna…...

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Chicagoans return to ComEd this fall

The City of Chicago has decided to end its two-year power deal with Integrys Energy Services—the largest of its kind in the country—after determining that residents would no longer save on their electric bills.  Customers will return to ComEd, the regulated utility, starting September 2015. The City’s deal expires in May 2015, but…...

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Special Report: Is your community power deal still best for you?

Once, municipal aggregation—when community leaders negotiate power prices on behalf of residents–was a sure bet for electricity savings. Not any more. “Although it’s still possible to save money with electric competition, the era of easy savings is over in Illinois,” CUB Executive Director David Kolata says in CUB’s special report today. Kolata advises consumers…...

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