Our View: Unincorporated Kane County residents asked to consider electricity aggregation

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 8:22 a.m. CDT

Many of the area’s voters will have a chance March 18 to support a referendum that could lead to savings for households and small businesses.

The referendum will ask voters to give the county authority to arrange an electricity aggregation program for unincorporated parts of Kane County.

The measure would cover unincorporated areas in most townships in the county, including St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Blackberry, Campton and Sugar Grove. Similar aggregations plans have passed statewide in recent years and in nearby communities such as Montgomery, Oswego and Yorkville, netting many customers there hundreds of dollars in annual savings.

While voting yes would empower the county to seek bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd, ComEd would continue to send residents their monthly bills and help troubleshoot service issues.

Voters nixed a similar referendum question in 2012, with about 200 votes making the difference.

But proponents of the measure are hopeful that increased education about the program’s merits in the meantime could yield a different outcome.

We encourage voters to give this referendum another look. Especially considering residents would have the right to opt out of the plan if they choose, there appears to be little downside, and the potential for substantial savings.

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