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North Aurorans report solicitor pressure to switch electricity provider

NORTH AURORA – Energy provider solicitors have been going door to door in the last few weeks asking residents to sign up for their services, and many residents have reported aggressive and sometimes rude sales tactics, a police news release stated.

It noted that the solicitors are required to display a valid soliciting permit issued by the North Aurora Police Department and must adhere to regulations such as the following:

• Must immediately and peacefully depart upon request

• May not perpetrate fraud or misrepresentation

• May not use abusive or offensive language

• May not threaten or coerce

• Solicitation may only take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

• May not solicit at any residence displaying a no soliciting sign on the front door

Some solicitors are exempt from the permitting requirement for religious, political or charitable entities, or soliciting for subscriptions.

People who believe a solicitor has violated one of the above regulations are asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 630-897-8705 and report solicitors’ physical description and direction of travel, the release stated, noting it is helpful to provide one’s name, address or phone number so a police officer can follow up. Police typically cannot issue tickets for anonymous complaints, the release stated.

And regarding the choice of electrical suppliers in North Aurora, the release stated that the village entered into a two-year agreement with Dynegy Energy as the energy supply for the village’s electric aggregation program in June 2015. The agreement provides for rates from September 2015 through September 2017, the release stated.

ComEd still is responsible for the delivery of energy supply to homes and responsible for service calls, the release stated. The current rate of 7.073 cents per kWh decreases to 6.838 cents per kWh effective September 2016 through September 2017. The agreement and rate will provide for 100 percent Renewable Energy Credits to show that 100 percent of the energy supply is represented by hydro, solar and wind, the release stated.

Due to the decline in energy prices in the last year, the default ComEd price is 6.388 cents per kWh. This can increase or decrease by 0.500 cents per kWh due to ComEd’s Purchased Electricity Adjustment; because ComEd’s rate is lower, residents may want to switch back to ComEd for supply by calling Dynegy at 844-0351-7691, the release stated.

Residents are free to leave the village’s aggregation and select a different supplier, but should study any solicited or unsolicited offers carefully on such issues as termination fees or temporary low rates that escalate, the release stated, adding that the village will evaluate the benefits of a new aggregation contract in May 2017 that would take effect next September. For information, call Village Hall at 630-897-8228.

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