Residents of some River Bend communities will be able to see a significant reduction in their electric bills in the coming months. Electric aggregation is taking place in Illinois, meaning power brokers can work with residents and communities to secure a cheaper rate for electricity than the power company. GoodEnergy received four bids from power suppliers, and the winner is an arm of Ameren.
Homefield Energy submitted a bid that represented power generation that is 34% lower than what we are paying now, and it is 100% renewable energy. Alton & Godfrey's energy consultant Dale Kelley (pictured) says this is shaping up to be a good deal for residents in Alton, Bethalto and Godfrey, where voters approved aggregation earlier this year.
In all, GoodEnergy represents 51 cities across the state. Some local communities chose not to pursue aggregation this time around, waiting to see what happens with the process before committing to the process. Granite City and Collinsville residents voted against the measure in March.