Voters in Wood River, East Alton, Roxana, South Roxana and Hartford as well as unincorporated Madison County are among the people that will be asked if they as a community would like to pursue lower energy costs through the process of municipal aggregation in next month's election. There is an informational meeting coming up tonight in Wood River. That meeting will be at 6:30 at City Hall, right before the City Council meeting.
Even if a community approved aggregation, each individual customer would still have the option to opt out. Good Energy of New York is pitching the plan in the area, and spokesman Managing Partner Javier Barrios says they will answer questions tonight.
He reminds those new to the discussion that they are providing the generation savings, but Ameren is still in charge of delivery. That means there will only be one bill consumers have to worry about paying, and that would still come from Ameren. Ameren would also be the contact if the power goes out. Voters would have to approve the aggregation question by a simple majority for it to move forward.