New Electric Aggregation Program

New Renewable Energy Electric Aggregation Program
Posted on 10/03/2019
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Starting October 10, residents and small businesses will receive information in the mail regarding Eligo Energy, the Village’s new electric aggregation supplier for our Renewable/Green Aggregation program. Those enrolled in the “green energy” program will not notice any difference in service or billing, and they will never pay more than the ComEd rate.

Following the passage of a March 2012 voter referendum, the Village contracted to procure electric supply in bulk for residents and small business owners. This aggregation program ended in May 2017 when bid pricing was unfavorable in comparison with the ComEd rate.

The Village recently contracted with Chicago-based Eligo Energy IL, LLC for a similar community aggregation program that will begin with the December 2019 meter-reading cycles and run through December 2020. The new program also provides Renewable Energy Certificates (“RECs”) for the entire Village at no added costs. 

Because the cost of serving each electric account varies greatly based on usage, some users will be switched to ComEd since their usage profile exceeds the ComEd rate. Others will be switched to the new supplier, Eligo. Regardless if you are with ComEd or Eligo, everyone will pay the same ComEd rate, which includes ComEd’s monthly variable PEA component (Purchased Electricity Adjustment). 

Users automatically enrolled in the Eligo Energy program can opt out by November 4, or drop the program at any time without charge. If enrolled with another alternative supplier, users are advised to review their contract, or call the supplier to understand any possible termination fees.
 
Program Benefits:

  • 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
  • The Village earns designation as a US EPA Green Power Partner Community, at zero cost
  • Residents’ power consumption is offset by green energy generated from Wind Generation Farms located in the Midwest, for zero cost
  • The Village’s carbon footprint will be significantly reduced

To learn about how green energy and RECs work, view this video clip prepared by the US EPA.

What to expect with the notices mailed October 10:

  • Residents and small businesses will either be automatically enrolled with the new supplier, Eligo, or they will continue to get their electric supply from ComEd.

  • Ratepayers receiving an “opt out notice” from ComEd will automatically be enrolled with Eligo and will pay exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable PEA. These users have been selected for the Renewable/Green Aggregation program based on their average usage. These users can choose to “opt out” of the new program by November 4.

  • Ratepayers receiving an “informative notice” will remain a customer of ComEd and will pay exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable PEA.

Electric Aggregation Program FAQs

  1. How can I enroll?

    During the initial three-week opt out period you need do nothing if you received an “opt out notice”; you will automatically be enrolled unless you opt out.

  2. I am located within Arlington Heights, have switched to another Supplier, but would like to join. Can I do this?

    Yes. Call Eligo at 708-350-9865 and provide them with your ComEd account number. If you are enrolled with an alternative supplier that is not the Village’s program, you are advised to review your contract, or call your supplier to understand any termination fees to which you may be subject.

  3. What is the current ComEd rate?

    The annualized base ComEd rate through May 2020 is 7.224¢ per kWh, plus or minus the monthly Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA), which can be up to one-half cent. For more information, visit pluginillinois.org.

  4. Will I get two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?

    No. ComEd continues to bill for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers electricity, and will continue to bill you, but they no longer supply it.

  5. If I am automatically enrolled, can I leave the program?

    Yes. You will never be charged a termination fee. 

  6. I am enrolled in a low-income assistance program. Will I still receive those benefits?

    If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, your status will not be affected.

  7. Does the program impact my ComEd budget billing or auto-payment plan?

    No. The way you pay your ComEd bill does not change.

  8. Is the energy generated from any renewable “green” energy sources?

    Yes. RECs, which are the sole currency of the green energy market, will represent power consumed. They will be sourced from wind generators located in the Midwest.

  9. How can I opt out of this program?

    There are three different ways to opt out;
    1. Email arlingtonheightsoptout@eligoenergy.com
    2. Call 708-350-9865 (7a.m. - 6p.m.)
    3. Return the postage-paid card they received in the mail. (If you received notice you will remain with ComEd, there is no need to opt out).

  10. Why support renewable wind generation resources?

    For the ten years ending 2017, coal-based generation in the US has been reduced 40% whereas wind-based generation has increased by 638%. Wind energy helps to reduce carbon footprint. This program achieves a strategic objective of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Compact, which the Village of Arlington Heights has endorsed.

For specific questions about your own electric account, call the Village of Arlington Heights’s aggregation program supplier Eligo at 708-350-9865. 

If you require additional assistance, call the Village’s energy consultant, NIMEC at 800-727-3820 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted by NIMEC within 24 hours regarding the issue.

The Illinois Commerce Commission provides additional information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org. To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, always call ComEd at 800-334-7661.