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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Program Benefits:

  • 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.

  • May 4, 2022, 14:08 PM

FAQ: Some Households Moving from Eligo to ComEd As Supplier

As part of the Village's continuing electric aggregation program, some residents are receiving notice that they are moving from Eligo Energy to ComEd as their supplier. This post card is not a scam. There is no cost to you and you will not experience any decrease or increase in pricing with the switch. 

The below FAQ answers more of the questions regarding why some households are receiving notice of the drop:

 Is the postcard a scam?  Is the Village aware of this?
The Village is aware that the postcards were sent out. It is not a scam.

Why is the Village doing this?
The Village manages a Municipal Aggregation program for our residents. This program allows the Village to secure more favorable billing rates/terms for its residents. The costs of our Municipal Aggregation supplier (Eligo) to serve your account have gone up considerably. Therefore, they are returning your account to ComEd.

What do I need to do?
There is no action needed on your part.

What changes should I expect?
You will not experience any changes to your service or billing. ComEd will continue to bill your account and ComEd will continue to maintain the power lines in the event of an outage.

What is the financial impact to me?
There is NO IMPACT to you. Our supplier was previously charging you the ComEd rate. So there will be no change in your rate when you return to ComEd.

What is the current ComEd rate?
The current rate is 7.78¢/kilowatt hour through May of 2022. (Our consultant informs us that electric rates are expected to drop next June.)

I received a letter from ComEd. What is that about?
The ComEd letter is confirming the move back to ComEd. No action is needed on your part.

Residents can learn more about the electric aggregation program at: Electrical Aggregation

For additional questions, contact the Village at 847-599-7500.