GLENWOOD | Voters may be able to lower their electric bills when they head to the polls April 5.
"What you're going to see is a referendum on the ballot which will allow the village to solicit bids for electricity outside of Commonwealth Edison," Village President Kerry Durkin said.
If the referendum is approved, the plan is for the village to pool together with 13 other suburbs to purchase electricity collectively for all residential and small commercial retail electric users who do not opt out of the village's program.
The idea is to get a better price on electricity by buying in bulk.
"If it's not cheaper than Com Ed's price, we just opt out," Durkin said.
Village Attorney John Donahue said regardless of where electricity is purchased from, electric bills still will come from Com Ed and Com Ed will deliver the power.
"It's important to point out that nothing changes from the viewpoint of the homeowner," Donahue said.
Durkin said Com Ed does not generate power, but purchases it from elsewhere and supplies it.
A public meeting is scheduled on March 26, at which time the referendum will be discussed.