Downers Grove Township Electricity Aggregation Program
Notice: Downers Grove Township Electricity Aggregation Program
Township Will Not Renew Electricity Aggregation Program effective December 2016
The Downers Grove Township’s 2014-2016 Electricity Aggregation Program Agreement with Dynegy Energy Services (DES) will end in December, 2016. The two-year agreement allowed residents and small business owners in unincorporated areas of the Township to purchase electricity from an alternate supplier besides ComEd.
Initially, DES rates were lower than ComEd rates. For the past several months, DES rates have been higher than ComEd rates. The Township has reviewed its options and determined it is best to terminate the DES agreement.
In today’s market, the electricity supply rates available from alternate energy suppliers are often the same or higher than ComEd rates. If the Township were to continue with the electricity aggregation program, there would likely be no benefit to residents or business owners. For this reason, the Township has decided not to renew the program. If you participated in the program, your electricity supplier will be changed to ComEd in or after December, 2016.
The Township anticipates this change will occur at the end of this year, 2016. You will receive a “Switching Confirmation” letter from ComEd advising that DES will no longer be your electric supplier – your supplier will be changed to ComEd. Residents and small business owners will receive information regarding options in this letter.
If you opted out of participation in the Township’s Electricity Aggregation Program, you may already receive electricity supply from ComEd or a supplier other than DES. In that event, you will not, of course, expect to receive the Switching Confirmation letter from ComEd.
The Township will keep a watchful eye on electricity rates to determine whether there would be a benefit to reviving the electricity aggregation program at some time in the future.
- All participants enrolled in the aggregation program will return to ComEd’s supply rates at the conclusion of the Township’s contract ending in December 2016. The ComEd rate is determined by the Illinois Power Agency, a State of Illinois agency that purchases power supply for ComEd.
- Customers may choose a supplier on their own. There are alternate electricity suppliers in the market. If you wish to stay with Dynegy, please submit your request upon receipt of the switching letter or you will not be able to return to Dynegy’s supply for 6 months per ComEd’s rule.
- Customers choosing not to switch will be automatically returned to ComEd; no action is required.
You are welcome to contact the Township Supervisor, Clerk, or Elected Officials if you have questions.
Electric Aggregation Update
Downers Grove Township entered into an Aggregation Program Agreement on October 2, 2014 with Dynegy Energy Services (DES). This is a two-year agreement that allows residents and small business owners in unincorporated areas to purchase electricity in bulk from an alternate supplier besides ComEd.
After an extensive process, Dynergy Energy Services was selected to provide electricity supply services to customers within our unincorporated areas. Residents within these areas have the opportunity to opt out of the program by sending in their “Opt-Out card” by November 7, 2014. Letters explaining the program were sent to homes within the unincorporated areas and included Opt-Out cards. If you wish to participate, no action is required on the part of the resident.
DES anticipates that the change will occur around December 15, 2014 and the new bill will be based on meter readings conducted on homes around that date. Residents will receive their first bill with the new DES price approximately 30 to 45 days after enrollment. If you have questions of need additional information, you can visit the Dynergy website at: www.dynegyenergyservices.com or call them at (844) 351-7691.
Contact Information for the Townships Electricity Aggregation Program
Solo Energy Solutions Consultant Company
Consultant: Jim Seay – (708) 352-7010
New Electric Supplier
Dynegy Energy Services
Phone: 1 (844) 351-7691
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Electricity Aggregation?
On August 10, 2009, Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 096-0176, which allows governmental bodies to arrange for the provision of electricity to residential and small commercial retail customers by alternative electric suppliers (i.e. suppliers other than ComEd). Under this law, the Township may seek bids for the provision of aggregate electricity supply services to their residents and small businesses, in hopes that the selected rate will be lower than the standard rate offered by ComEd.
Who is eligible to participate?
Eligible residential requirements: All unincorporated area residents located in the Downers Grove Township that are currently receiving electricity supply service from ComEd are eligible to participate. Eligible residents taking service from ComEd will receive an informational letter the week of October 13, 2014. You are not obligated to participate. If you wish to be excluded from this opportunity, return the Opt-Out Card included with the informational letter or call Dynegy Energy Services at 1 (844) 351-7691.
Eligible business requirements: All unincorporated area small businesses located in the Downers Grove Township that are currently receiving electricity supply service from ComEd, with an annual usage of 15,000 kWh or less are eligible to participate. Eligible small businesses taking service from ComEd will receive an informational letter the week of October 13, 2014. You are not obligated to participate. If you wish to be excluded from this opportunity, return the Opt-Out Card included with the informational letter: Opt-Out Card – PDF.
Opt-In exceptions: All residents and small businesses located in the unincorporated areas of Downers Grove Township that currently receive service under the below rates will not receive an information letter. However, you are still eligible to participate and can Opt-In to the program by contacting Jim Seay at (708) 352-7010.
· ComEd’s Hourly Rate
· Retail Electric Service
· New Residents on ComEd BES Rate
Customer Service: For further information about the Electricity Aggregation Program call Jim Seay at (708) 352-7010.
What is the electricity supply price for participating members?
Retail Power Price – $0.07593/kwh*
Delivery Term (24 Months) – December 2014 meter read date through December 2015 meter read date.
Retail Power Price – $0.07125/kwh*
Delivery Term (24 Months) – December 2015 meter read date through December 2016 meter read date.
*The Energy Price indicated above for the traditional power option will be applicable for all Eligible Retail
Customers, unless such Eligible Retail Customer elects to participate in the 100% renewable power option.
What will change on my electricity bill?
You will continue to receive a single bill from ComEd on a monthly basis. Dynegy charges for electricity supply and transmission services will be included in the “Electricity Supply Service” portion of your ComEd bill. ComEd will continue to bill you for distribution services and taxes. Payments should still be sent to ComEd at the address provided by the utility.
Will I receive confirmation of my switch to Dynegy?
ComEd will mail you a confirmation letter indicating they have received notice of your switch to Dynegy as your electricity supplier.
Will my electricity service be disrupted when I switch?
No, there will be no disruption in service. You will continue to receive the same electric service through the same transmission and distribution system currently operated by ComEd. The switch to Dynegy is seamless.
What if my power goes out – who do I call?
ComEd is responsible for ensuring that electricity flows through its distribution network to all homes and businesses. Being a member of an electricity aggregation program does not change how ComEd responds to outages. ComEd continues to be responsible for the wires, poles, and all emergencies, including outage restoration. All service issues, including power outages, should still be reported to ComEd at 1-800-334-7661.
Is there an early termination fee?
No. However, you will be obligated to pay Dynegy for services rendered under the contract until service is terminated.
What if I have already switched to an Alternative Retail Electricity Supplier (ARES)?
If you have already switched to an Alternative Retail Electricity Supplier (ARES), you can still participate to the program by calling Dynegy at (844) 351-7691. You will need to provide your account number, name, address and phone. Please note that you may be subject to early termination fees or other restrictions by your current provider. You should check with your current provider to better understand any termination fees, restrictions or policies that might apply.
What is the toll-free number for questions?
Dynegy at (844) 351-7691 or visit them at www.dynegyenergyservices.com.
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