Voters in more than 200 communities will decide this fall whether to approve electric aggregation. Those towns in western Illinois include Galesburg, Rushville, Carthage, Mt Sterling, Beardstown, Virginia, Vermont, Knoxville, Quincy, Mendon, Columbus, and Coatsburg.
“The idea behind electric aggregation is the theory – as in other consumer purchases – that if you can combine your purchasing power with others that theoretically you should be able to get a better rate for it,” said Doug Scott, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission.
A consumer watchdog group approves of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to order a $48 million electric delivery rate cut for Ameren customers.
But Citizens Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says the utility company has yet to improve on its plan for upgrading the power grid as part of the ‘smart-grid’ legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers last year. Ameren filed its proposal for new rates after the measure passed.