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Campaign begins for electric aggregation in Kane and Kendall

Updated: March 20, 2014 6:33AM



Supporters of electric aggregation for unincorporated Kane and Kendall counties are trying to get the word out.

Voters in the unincorporated parts of both counties will have a chance to vote for electric aggregation on the March 18 primary ballot. Aggregation is, in effect, the ability of customers to pool together to bid for lower rates than ComEd.

More than 200 Illinois communities have approved electric aggregation, including Aurora, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Sugar Grove, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Plano and Yorkville. But voters in unincorporated Kane and Kendall counties voted down aggregation referendums in 2012, by only 207 votes in Kane County. Many aggregation supporters have said they think many people misunderstood aggregation, and would vote for it now if they had more information about it.

So the education campaign has begun for the second chance voters in both counties are getting.

“Residents in neighboring communities are saving between $200 and $400 a year on the energy portion of their electric bill, depending on the size of their home,” said Chris Childress, of Progressive Energy, a consulting firm.

Progressive Energy is consulting for Kendall County on aggregation, as it has with other communities. Childress told the County Board Tuesday that in Kendall, organizers are particularly trying to get the word to voters in Bristol, Boulder Hill and Fields of Farm Colony, which are large unincorporated areas.

They also are working hard in Prestbury near Sugar Grove.

“A lot of analysis went into where it failed last time and we are concentrating in those areas,” he said.

Childress says the company is using targeted direct mail in those areas, as well as 18,000 targeted phone calls. The company also is engaging interested other groups, such as school districts, and holding information meetings.

Meetings are scheduled for: 6 to 7 p.m., March 3, at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Yorkville; and 6 to 7 p.m. March 5 at the Oswego Village Hall, in the Council Chambers.

County Board members Tuesday approved sending a letter out on a Kendall County letterhead with information about the referendum. The county can send information, but cannot campaign for or against the referendum.

But Childress said there is an independent campaign for the referendum, and people can get information about it, or join the campaign, at www.electricsupplyvote.com.



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