Electric Aggregation Mailing from MC2

Electric Aggregation Mailing from MC2
Posted on 08/31/2021

In the coming weeks, some residents and small businesses may receive supplier-change letters from MC Squared Energy Services, the Village’s electric aggregation supplier for the Renewable/Green Aggregation program. This letter is in regards to supplier change notices for some Village accounts. Due to the pandemic, huge shifts in consumption patterns, and a change in a regulatory price impacted cost and volume dynamics in the power market, some residents and businesses may receive letters from MC Squared Energy Services concerning their return to ComEd supplied power. Only some participants will receive a letter as this only affects a portion of participants. If you received this letter, you are no longer serviced by MC Squared.

The electric aggregation program, which was approved in Arlington Heights via a 2012 referendum, enables the Village to procure electric supply in bulk from an alternative green energy supplier that residents, businesses, and municipal accounts can utilize instead of getting electric power from Com Ed or another alternative supplier.

Frequently Asked Questions

I just received a letter stating my electric account is moving back to ComEd supply service. What is happening?
The aggregation program allows for a switch between our supplier MC Squared Energy Services (MC2).

Why is this happening?
It’s ultimately an effect of the pandemic. Huge shifts in consumption patterns and a change in a regulatory price impacted cost and volume dynamics in the power market.

How does this affect me?
Essentially zero change except your supplier is now ComEd. You will continue to pay exactly the ComEd rate. Your account is still considered a part of the Arlington Heights Green Electric Aggregation Community. 100% of historic consumption volume is still offset with 100% Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), and the Village remains an EPA Green Power Partner Community.

What is my rate?
There is no change whatsoever in the rate that you pay. There is zero financial impact to your account. The program with MC2 was at exactly the ComEd rate, and when your account moves to ComEd, you will continue to pay the ComEd rate. There are no added fees, ever.

What do I need to do?
You do not need to take any action. Your account will be moved to ComEd supply service at your next meter read date.

What is the ComEd rate?
The annualized base ComEd rate is 7.127¢ per kWh, plus or minus up to a half cent variable called the Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA) which can change each month. The base ComEd rate is reset June 1 of each year. For more information about the ComEd rate, visit www.PlugInIllinois.org, a site established by the Illinois Commerce Commission for Illinois residents and small business owners to learn about electric aggregation, electric power suppliers, and the ComEd rate.

Why are some accounts at ComEd and some remain with MC2?
First, there is no difference to you: the price is exactly the same and Renewable Energy Certificates are still purchased and retired on behalf of ratepayers who move back to ComEd. Suppliers analyze every meter: depending on complex usage patterns, certain accounts are selected to remain at ComEd and others move to MC2. All pay the exact same rate.

Will my billing change?
No, you will continue to receive one bill from ComEd; any payment plan you’ve set up will not change. 

Why did someone come to my door or call me to sign me up?
Beware! No one from ComEd, MC2, or the Village of Arlington Heights will ever call or visit you at home to sign you up. Never reveal your ComEd account information to solicitors who say they represent the municipality or ComEd.

I have more questions.
Contact MC Squared Energy Services at info@mc2Energyservices.com or 877-622-7697 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I would like additional help or I need additional explanations: Contact our community electric aggregation consultant Sharon Durling at sdurling@NIMEC.net or 312-751-2202 for a comprehensive response to all of your questions or issues.

Background on the Electric Aggregation Program

Those enrolled in the Renewable/Green Aggregation program will be informed via a letter from MC Squared Energy Services. When enrolled in the Village’s electric aggregation program, users will not notice any change in service or billing, which will still be managed by ComEd. Also, those enrolled will never pay more than the ComEd rate for electricity. The Village only seeks an electric aggregation supplier whenever pricing for green energy is favorable to the ComEd rate.

Program Benefits 

  • ComEd continues to bill all customers, even those enrolled with MC Squared
  • 100% of power consumed will be “green” energy produced by Midwest located wind generation facilities
  • Guaranteed to be charged the ComEd rate, with no risk of paying more than ComEd
  • No hidden fees, no additional monthly fee
  • Maximum flexibility to join or leave the program, and never an enrollment or switch fee
  • Supplier provides a Civic Grant /reserve fund to the Village at no increased cost to the rate payer

Message from the Village Manager on Electric Aggregation

 
Village Manager Randy Recklaus discussed the Electric Aggregation Program with the Village Board at the Monday, October 19, 2020 Village Board Meeting. 

Soliciting

MC Squared is the only green energy provider endorsed by the Village of Arlington Heights. No one from MC Squared, ComEd, or the Village will ever visit your home or call you to enroll. If a solicitor claims to be the Village supplier, MC Squared, or ComEd, please take their information and report the incident to the ICC.

Opting Out of the Program

If you wish to opt out of this program, please contact MC Squared Energy Services:
  • Email MC Squared at ArlingtonHeights@mc2energyservices.com
  • Call 833-748-0914, Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm
  • Return the postage-prepaid card included in your opt out notice (If you received no opt out card, your account will not be automatically enrolled, and you need take no action to opt out)

Who Should I Call with Specific Village Questions or Comments?

Please contact Sharon Durling of NIMEC. The village is a member of the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative (NIMEC). NIMEC is a collaborative of 140 municipalities that band together to drive down pricing for residential and municipal electricity. Sharon can be reached at 847-607-1804 or sdurling@nimec.net

For more information and a FAQ, please click here to refer to our page on Electric Aggregation.