Cal City residents can expect letters on opting out of electricity aggregation

2013-02-15T11:31:00Z 2013-02-15T20:10:09Z Cal City residents can expect letters on opting out of electricity aggregationGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 15, 2013 11:31 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | Residents should receive by Monday letters informing them of the potential benefits of electricity aggregation, and the process they need to follow if they do not wish to be included.

City officials originally said those letters would be sent out at the beginning of February. But Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said Thursday the letters were put in the mail by city officials on Wednesday.

She said she expects most city residents would receive their letters by today or Saturday. She said anybody who does not receive a letter by Tuesday — Monday is a postal holiday — should contact Homefield Energy, a Collinsville-based company that was awarded a 15-month contract to supply electricity to Calumet City customers.

Qualkinbush said the company can be reached by telephone at (866) 694-1262.

One thing that has not changed is the time frame. Residents who do not want to be included in the aggregation plan can send in a card included with the letter. Deadline for the cards to be sent is March 1.

However, Qualkinbush said residents can opt out of aggregation any time they want, with no fees or penalties.

Both Qualkinbush and 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones said Thursday they believe residents benefit if they stay within the process and do not exclude themselves.

Jones said the Homefield Energy deal has the potential to reduce local electric bills by about 30 percent, while Qualkinbush said residents would save “hundreds” of dollars per year in their utility bills.

Under aggregation, the city negotiated a rate on behalf of all residents, with the theory being that a bulk rate yields a cheaper rate for customers.

Calumet City voters gave approval to electricity aggregation in a November  referendum.

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