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Kane begins steps toward electric aggregation

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:43 p.m. CST

GENEVA – After receiving support from voters last month, Kane County is working to make electric aggregation happen.

The approved March 18 ballot measure gives the county the power to negotiate electric rates for unincorporated residents.

Residents can opt out of the program and continue to get their electricity supplied by ComEd, but the county expects that those in the program should experience some savings.

Staff on Thursday told the Energy and Environmental Committee what must be done before the Kane County Board selects a supplier.

First, a blueprint plan of operation and governance will be drafted by staff and brought to the committee – and ultimately the County Board – for approval. This document will include protections for county residents, staff said. Staff said other counties and municipalities that have electric aggregation will be consulted so Kane County can learn from their mistakes.

Two public hearings will be held so residents can provide input on the blueprint plan, staff said. The county also intends to select an aggregation expert for assistance. Staff said there is no shortage of interested parties, as the county has been getting calls and emails regularly.

The final step is selecting a supplier.

Although participating residents won’t get their power from ComEd, they will continue to have their electricity delivery and service-related issues handled by the utility company.

Staff didn’t have a detailed timeline of the process Thursday but said a draft of the blueprint plan is expected to be ready for the committee’s meeting next month.

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