New Electric Aggregation Supplier
The Town of Normal recently selected Homefield Energy to serve as its new Electric Aggregation program supplier. This supplier, which will replace MidAmerican Energy, was chosen in a competitive process as it provided the best overall value.
The current agreement expires in June 2020. The contract with Homefield Energy locks in a rate of $0.0424 per kilowatt hour, and it will be effective in July 2020. The new contract also includes a “green” energy option at a rate of $0.0433 per kilowatt hour. These rates are lower than current rates, $0.0498 for residential service and $0.0507 for green energy per kilowatt hour and below the current Ameren supply rate of $0.04707.
The Town of Normal belongs to a consortium (CIMA - Central Illinois Municipal Aggregation) of municipalities, school districts, small businesses, and others aggregating more than 40,000 electric accounts to purchase power at a reduced rate. Electric aggregation offers residents a convenient option to manage energy costs by locking in a competitive rate for a 24-month term.
Opt Out Letters
Participation in the Electric Aggregation program is not required. Residential rate customers will have two opportunities to “opt out” of the program. Homefield Energy and Ameren will each contact eligible customers by mail to offer the opportunity to opt-out of aggregation at no charge. Opt-out notices will be provided to all eligible participants before the start of each new contract. Residents who opt out of the program will remain on their current supply choice, whether that is Ameren Illinois Basic Generation Service (BSG), Power Smart Pricing, or RES supply. Opt-out letters will be mailed to all eligible residents in the coming weeks.
You can lean more about aggregation by visiting the following websites:
Notice About Potential Electric Aggregation Scams
From time to time the Town receives reports about aggressive and misleading door-to-door solicitation activity by alternative energy suppliers. These companies are not affiliated with the Town's electric aggregation program.
Any claims made by a solicitor that they are confirming enrollment into the Town's program, the time to act is limited, and/or they must see your utility bill to verify account information is false and should be disregarded. This is a scam. Residents should never feel pressured to take immediate action or compromise their safety by providing their utility account information to anyone unless they are certain they wish to enroll in an alternate program of their choosing.
Solicitors operating in the Town of Normal are required to register with the Town of Normal Police Department and provide proof of permit when operating in the community. If you encounter a solicitor claiming to falsely represent the Town of Normal or the electric aggregation program, you should ask to see a valid permit, document the individual’s name, and contact the Town of Normal Police Department at (309) 888-5030.
As a reminder, all communication regarding the aggregation program is done through mail. If you believe you have been misled and signed up for an alternative energy supply program, please contact Eric Hanson at (309) 454-9503 for additional assistance.
Learn more about Door to Door Solicitors and Peddlers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When was aggregation approved?
Normal residents approved electrical aggregation in the November 2012 General Election. As of this April, 602 Illinois communities, counties, and townships now take advantage of energy cost savings through aggregate electrical use. Electric aggregation offers residents a convenient option to manage energy costs by locking in a competitive rate for a 24 month term.
- Is participation mandatory?
Residential rate customers will have two opportunities to “opt out” of the program. The chosen electrical supplier, and the existing supplier, Ameren, will each contact eligible customers by mail to offer the opportunity to opt out of aggregation at no charge. Opt out notices will be provided to all eligible participants before the program begins. Residents who opt out of the program will remain on their current supply choice, whether that is Ameren Illinois Basic Generation Service (BSG), Power Smart Pricing, or RES supply.
- Will I receive two electric bills?
Residents will continue to receive a single electric bill from their current provider, Ameren. Residents with a budget bill paying plan will remain on the plan. The only difference residents will see on their bills will be the rate and the listing of the new supplier’s name.
- What part of electricity bills will this program affect?
Electricity bills have three cost components – transmission, distribution, and supply. Municipal aggregation changes only the supply component of your bill. Through aggregation, approximately 50% to 75% of the electricity bill will be impacted. The other components, transmission and distribution, will not be affected. Click Here to learn more about your Ameren electric bill.
- Why did the rate decrease?
The new rate reflects changes to the energy market that have occurred since the previous contract was approved. The current rate reflects the best available bid by a responsible bidder.
- Why do I have to opt out?
The referendum passed by voters in 2012 approved an “opt out” aggregation program. The opt out program automatically combines the electric load for residential and eligible small businesses for purchasing purposes except for those customers who actively choose not to participate in the municipality's or county's purchase program.
- How do I opt out?
In order to be excluded from the aggregation program you will need to fill out and return the opt-out notice you receive in the mail.
- Am I eligible to participate in aggregation?
Town of Normal residents residing in areas served by Ameren Illinois are eligible to participate in aggregation. Residents may use this link to verify if their property is eligible to participate in the Town's aggregation program.