Electric Aggregation Program
Following the passage of a March 2012 voter Referendum, the Village of Gurnee contracted to procure electric supply in a municipal electric aggregation program for residents and small businesses. Since 2012, this program has saved the average household $375 on their electric bill and Gurnee residents over $3.7 million combined.
The Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) rate for electricity has increasingly become more competitive and now equals or is lower than most third-party rates. Due to the competitiveness of ComEd's rate being lower than private bids, the VIllage has contracted with Eligo Energy IL, LLC to offer a 100% renewable energy program at ComEd's rate.
The Village is renewing the program with Chicago-based Eligo Energy IL, LLC wherein ratepayers will be charged exactly the ComEd rate and will enjoy the added benefit of 100% Green Energy via Midwest-generated Renewable Energy Certificates (“RECs”) at zero added cost to ratepayers and the Village. The program term is for 12 months ending July 2021.
To learn how Renewable / Green Energy and RECs work, view this video clip prepared by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The cost of serving each electric account varies greatly, based on usage patterns. Some ratepayer accounts will be switched to ComEd because the cost of generation exceeds the ComEd rate. Others will be switched to the new supplier, Eligo. All will pay exactly the same ComEd rate, including ComEd’s monthly variable PEA component. Eligo will purchase green energy for the Village, on behalf of all ratepayers in the Gurnee Aggregation Community, whether moved to ComEd supply or to Eligo.
Notices will be mailed to residents and small businesses the last two weeks of May.
- Ratepayers receiving a Green Aggregation Notice will automatically be switched with Eligo and will pay exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable PEA, unless they opt out. They will receive a Confirmation of Switch Notice from ComEd in late June or early July.
- Ratepayers receiving an Informative-Only Notice will remain at ComEd, and will pay exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable PEA. Their account will not be switched to Eligo.
- Ratepayers receiving a ComEd Drop Notice (this is a very small handful) are currently enrolled with aggregation supplier MC2, but will be moved back to ComEd. They need do nothing; are still considered a part of the program. In June or early July, they will receive a second letter from ComEd confirming their drop.
- Ratepayers receiving an Opt In Notice will remain with the individual contract they have personally chosen, unless they choose to leave that supplier and take action to enroll with Eligo Energy.
Residents receiving the first three notices will be considered a member of the Gurnee Renewable Aggregation program, and their energy usage will be offset by 100% Renewable /Green Energy from renewable generation sources.
- Guaranteed at the ComEd rate, with no rate 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 Community, at zero cost
- Residents’ power consumption is offset by Green Energy generated from renewable generation sources located in the Midwest, for zero cost
- The Village’s Carbon footprint will be significantly reduced
No one from Eligo, ComEd, or the Village will ever visit your home or call you to enroll. If a solicitor claims to be the Village supplier, Eligo, or ComEd, take their information and report the incident to the ICC at www.icc.illinois.gov/complaints. Never reveal your ComEd account number or allow a solicitor to view your ComEd bill unless you are certain you wish to enroll with that supplier and have read all terms and conditions.
Electric Aggregation FAQ
- How can I enroll?
- What is an eligible resident or small commercial account?
- What is a “small commercial account?”
- How can Gurnee get lower rates than ComEd?
- Will I receive two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?
- Whom do I call if I have service problems?
- If I am automatically enrolled in the program now, can I leave the program at any time?
- I am enrolled in a low-income assistance program. Will that be affected?
- I’m on ComEd’s budget billing plan. Will that change?
- Can I still have my payment automatically deduced from my checking account as I do now?
- Will someone come to my home or call to sign me up?
- Is my electric supply at greater risk now that deregulation has opened markets to many new suppliers?
- Does the energy supply renewable “green” energy sources?
- Will my electricity service be disrupted when I switch?
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. After the opt-out period, call Eligo at 630-468-0369 or email Gurnee@eligoenergy.com and provide your ComEd account number. Effective Jan 1, 2020, no supplier may charge a termination fee to switch.
Any resident who is currently with ComEd and has not already switched to an Alternative Retail Electric Supplier (ARES) or who is not enrolled in a special Residential Real-Time Pricing (RRTP) program is eligible, and small commercial accounts are eligible. You must also have a residence or business located within the Village limits.
A small commercial account is a commercial account that consumes less than 15,000 kWh per year.
The State of Illinois deregulated energy markets over 15 years ago. What is commonly referred to as the “ComEd rate” is actually a default rate, which is no longer established by ComEd, but by the Illinois Power Agency, which procures energy in the open markets.
No. ComEd will continue to bill you for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers electricity, and will continue to bill you for that, but they no longer supply it. They will pass along the fees you pay for the supply of your energy to the new supplier.
Always call ComEd with reports of outages or downed power lines at 800-334-7661. For questions about your supply, you can call the customer service number for Eligo Energy. This will be listed under “Electric Supply Services” on your ComEd bill.
Yes, you can later leave the program and move your account back to ComEd or another Supplier. There is no early termination fee to leave.
No. If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, that status will not change and you can continue to get these benefits for your ComEd bill.
No, you can stay on the budget billing plan.
Yes. The way you pay your ComEd bill will not change.
No. You need do nothing to automatically be enrolled in the program. If someone calls or visits your home claiming to be the Village’s power supplier, please file a complaint with the ICC at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint.
No. By law, ComEd remains the Provider of Last Resort (POLR), so if there is an issue with securing electric supply, ComEd will be required to deliver it, regardless.
This program will also position the Village to be designated as an EPA Green Power Partner Community at no increased cost for the residents
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 Eligo Energy is seamless.
The Illinois Commerce Commission offers more information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org.
For questions about your electric account, do not call Village Hall; call Gurnee’s aggregation program supplier: MC Squared Energy Services, LLC at 855-564-8130, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you require additional assistance, call NIMEC at 800-856-3404 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted within 24 hours regarding the issue.
To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, call ComEd at 800-334-7661.