LANSING | Village officials have an agreement with a Norwalk, Conn.-based company to provide electricity to local residents at a rate 11 percent less than what Commonwealth Edison would charge.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma told the Village Board on Tuesday that an agreement was reached with Verde Energy USA, which will supply power at a rate of 5.4 cents per kilowatt hour to Lansing customers.
Wynsma said that is 11 percent less than the 6.05 cents per kilowatt hour that ComEd expects to start charging its customers in June. Currently, ComEd is charging customers based on a rate of 8.802 cents per kilowatt hour — which means the rate that Lansing customers will pay later this year compared to now will be an even larger percentage drop.
Village officials did not have to act on the deal, since they hired the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Cooperative earlier this year to handle the process of electricity aggregation for them and they gave the cooperative full authority to approve a deal on their behalf.
That led Wynsma to inform Village President Norm Abbott and trustees of the deal, which Wynsma said he hopes will take effect during the summer months, although he stressed the new rate will not take effect for everyone in Lansing at the same time.
There are still procedures that need to be completed before the new rate can take effect, including giving local residents a chance to opt out of aggregation, if they so choose.
Wynsma said letters were sent last week to Lansing residents informing them of a 21-day period during which they can be excluded from aggregation if they wish. They were sent a card that needs to be mailed in if they do not want to be included.
If residents do nothing, they automatically are included and qualify for the lower rate, although Wynsma said residents can opt out at a later date if they desire.
Aggregation became an option in Lansing after 64.12 percent of 5,144 voters cast ballots in favor of the concept in the April 9 municipal elections.
In other business, the Village Board voted 6-0 in favor of a measure that changes the people in charge of processing requests for government information through the Freedom of Information Act.
Until now, the village clerk’s office was in charge of handling such requests. But trustees decided to shift the duties to the administrative assistant who works for Village Administrator J. Wynsma.
Also, trustees gave their approval to a special use permit allowing the Progressive Truck Driving School, 1945 Bernice Road, to expand to the west of its current location. Although Village Trustee Mikal Stole said he wanted provisions requiring the school to continue to operate on its existing parcels of land as well as the expansion.