A slew of cities won approval on Election Day for electricity aggregation. These cities, towns and counties, 90 of them, are now in the market for an electricity supplier for the entire area with a cheap price, except for customers who opt out. What’ll be coming is a push by companies not selected to get customers to opt out and sign with them, and the efforts might be sly, says Doug Scott, chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
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“The things that you hear more than anything else are I didn’t realize what the terms were, I didn’t realize there would be an opt-out fee, I didn’t realize it could go above the price, you know, if you’re on a variable rate, I didn’t realize it could go above the price the incumbent company is charging,” he said.Scott says the electricity providers are mostly reputable firms, but the marketing companies they hire to represent them can be sketchy. He says unethical marketing efforts, whether through direct mail, on the phone or door-to-door, should be reported to the commission. Customers don’t have to sign anything to get the city-wide aggregation deal.