Alton, Godfrey and Bethalto will be asking residents on the March ballot 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 providers are soliciting customers ahead of the vote. Bethalto's mayor is urging residents to exercise patience and not agree to anything until after the March 20 primary.
Upcoming meetings will contain information about aggregation, and how buying in bulk through municipal aggregation differs from securing an alternate provider individually. Mark Pruitt, an electricity consultant and former head of the Illinois Power Agency, says individuals may be 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.