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 again renewed the program with Chicago-based Eligo Energy. 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 24 months ending July 2023.
To learn how Renewable / Green Energy and RECs work, view this video clip prepared by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Background: 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 in May.
- Ratepayers receiving a Green Aggregation Notice will simply continue their service with Eligo. If not currently served by Eligo, they will be switched to 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 confirming the change to Eligo in June.
- 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 late 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 retains its designation as a US EPA Green Power Partner at zero cost
- Residents’ power consumption is offset by Green Energy generated from renewable generation sources, for zero cost
- The Village’s Carbon footprint will be 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.