Carthage will pay less for electricity for city operations beginning next month. The city has signed a three-year contract with Ameren Energy Marketing at a bit more than 4.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Mayor Jim Nightingale says the city council solicited bids from several energy companies. He says the response was overwhelming and frustrating.
He says, “Once a company contacts us their sales people just hound you to death.”
Macomb won't be joining the list of Illinois communities going on the open market to buy electricity in bulk for consumers.
A 2010 Illinois law allows municipalities to engage in electric aggregation and presumably secure cheaper prices for residents and small businesses.
Residents of Ipava, Table Grove, and Canton voted in favor of such plans during the March election.
But Macomb aldermen feel there is no evidence of significant savings.