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New Committee Meeting Schedule

8/25/2014 4:36 PM

The City Council voted during the Council Meeting on Thursday, August 21, 2014 to change the date on which City Committee Meetings will be held. City Committee Meetings will now be held at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers on the first and third Thursday of each month prior to the 7:00pm City Council Meeting beginning Thursday, September 4th.

Expiration of the Electrical Aggregation Program

5/29/2014 12:08 PM

Dear Residents,

The City of Palos Hills established a municipal electric aggregation program in July 2012. The purpose of the program was to help residents purchase electricity at rates lower than ComEd. In the first 18 months of the aggregation program, the average participating household saved $237 on their ComEd bill, for a cumulative City-wide savings of nearly $1.5 million.

The aggregation program expires July 2014. The City sought bids to renew the program, but declined all offers as the ComEd rate and alternate electric supplier rates have narrowed resulting in little to no savings between electric suppliers. Thus the City of Palos Hills chose to suspend the program, but may go to bid again to seek savings in April 2015.

Residents who are currently enrolled in the City's program will receive a letter from ComEd in June stating their electric supply service will be switched back to ComEd. This "Confirmation of Drop" notice will state that the ratepayer has two billing periods in which they may choose to switch to another electric supplier or be required to remain on ComEd electric supply service for a total of twelve months from the effective date stated on the letter (a sample of the ComEd Confirmation of Drop Notice is on the back of this letter.) Residents may switch to another supplier within that first 60-day window. No action is needed on your part to be moved back to ComEd.

Residents may switch to another supplier within the first 60-days after being returned to ComEd. Residents should beware of door-to-door solicitors, direct calls or direct mail pieces regarding electric supply and are advised to review contract terms to understand any floating rates or early termination fees. It is recommended that you never release your account number to a solicitor under any circumstance, unless you have decided to move to that supplier.

The City took advantage of multi-year lows in electric prices when it contracted the initial aggregation program rate two years ago. The overall market pricing for electricity has increased in part due to the cold winter, pressure on natural gas supplies and a somewhat strengthening economy.

The Illinois Commerce Commission has established a resource for residents to learn more about supplier choice: Pluginillinois.org.

Residents with questions about the current contract may call the City's supplier for the last two years - FirstEnergy, at 888-651-5200 or the City's consultant, NIMEC at 800-727-3820. (When calling NIMEC, please leave your call back number and you will be contacted within 24 hours.)

Sinerely,

Mayor Gerald R. Bennett

 

A digital copy of this letter and the Sample ComEd Confirmation of Drop Notice can be found at /pdfs/news/2014.05.28_ElectricAggregationDiscontinuation.pdf.

 

 

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