Earlier this week, Godfrey and Bethalto became the latest municipalities to place a refferendum on the March ballot that will ask residents whether they want to engage in municipal electric aggregation. By engaging in economics of scale, a consumer could potentially wind up paying less when the electric bill is received by going through the aggregation process, but some are wary of the idea.
Among those local communities taking a wait and see approach is Wood River. Mark Pruitt, an electricity consultant and former head of the Illinois Power Agency, says individuals are suspicious of signing up for an alternative electricity provider on their own. With aggregation, presumably someone at City Hall has looked into the matter and negotiated a good deal.
Even if a community chooses to approve aggregation, individual consumers can still opt out of the program and stay with Ameren for their supply. In addition to Godfrey and Bethalto, Alton will pose the question on residents, along with other nearby communities like Granite City, Collinsville and Belleville.