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Public hearing held on Kane County’s electric aggregation plan

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:51 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Only one member of the public spoke Tuesday during Kane County's first public hearing on a facet of its new electric aggregation program.

The second – and final – public hearing on the electric aggregation plan of operation and governance is set for 7 p.m. today at Fisherman's Inn in Elburn.

Ken Anderson, the county's environmental and water resource division director, said the plan is just one step the county must go through to implement the program, which received voter support in March.

Electric aggregation 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.

The operation and governance plan describes the policies and procedures by which the county will carry out its electric aggregation program, including policies and procedures relating to rates and customer service.

Illinois Power Agency Director Anthony Star on Tuesday provided an overview of the energy market and outlined items that must be included in electric aggregation plans, such as universal access to all applicable customers and information about customers' right to opt out.

Mary Naas of Mill Creek was the only member of the public to speak. She asked about the purchasing process.

The county intends to work with a consultant in hopes to secure an electric rate better than ComEd's, Anderson said. He said a bidding process will be used, but the county is not yet at that step.

If you go

What: Public hearing on the Kane County electric aggregation plan of operation and governance

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Fisherman's Inn, 43W901 Main Street Road, Elburn

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