The coming opportunities for local municipalities to help their residents reduce how much each address pays for electricity are progressing, with Alton giving the go ahead to place the question on the March Primary Ballot. Under a law less than a year old, Illinois municipalities can work together in creating aggregation programs via an intergovernmental agreement, in theory lowering the rate by buying in bulk from an alternative source.
Alton is the first Riverbend municipality to pass a resolution to place the question on the ballot, and Godfrey may be the next. Bethalto and Wood River are also considering it. Good Energy is the company pitching electric aggregation to the cities and towns in our area, and spokesman Javier Barrios was asked what kind of changes the residential or small business customer might see.
Alton has somewhere between 11,000 and 12,000 homes, and Godfrey has better than 7,000 homes, so there is a potential purchasing strength in numbers. Granite City, Collinsville and Glen Carbon are among the municipalities that have already signed on. this is an opt-out program, so if the voters approve the refferendum in the spring and cities wind up entering into an agreement, individual electric customers could still choose to stay with Ameren for their electric delivery service.