Kane County Moves to Green Electrical Aggregation Program -- At Zero Added Cost

Kane County Moves to Green Electrical Aggregation Program — At Zero Added Cost

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Kane County has entered into an agreement with Eligo Energy for electricity supply for residents and small commercial businesses in unincorporated portions of the county beginning at meter read dates in August 2021. Chicago-based Eligo Energy offered the most favorable terms in a competitive bid process.

Eligo Energy will provide rural Kane County residents and small business owners with electric supply at exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable portion.

Ivy Klee

Additionally, the county will earn designation as an EPA Green Power Partner at zero added cost to residents and the county, according to Ivy Klee, resource management coordinator Kane County Department of Environment & Water Resources.

“We are pleased to provide our residents with renewable energy, at no added cost, in partnership with Eligo Energy LLC,” Klee said. “This EPA Green Power Partner designation is a big step in pushing our green energy goals forward and keeping up with the 2040 Kane County Energy Plan.”

A portion of power consumption will be offset by Renewable Energy Certificates, which are the sole currency of the renewable energy market. To learn about how RECs work, view this short video produced by the EPA: www.tinyurl.com/GreenEPA.

The current annualized ComEd rate is 7.127¢ per kWh.

The county received bids for a fixed-rate program, but no pricing offered guaranteed savings versus the ComEd rate, which continues to remain relatively low. This renewal ensures no participant will ever pay more than the ComEd rate, and offers new benefits including Green Energy and a Civic Contribution.

How It Works

The cost of serving each electric account varies greatly, based on usage patterns.

Some ratepayer accounts will remain with ComEd supply service because the cost of generation for their account exceeds the ComEd rate. Others will be switched to Eligo, but to be clear, all residents have choice over their electric supplier. They may choose to opt out of the program.

Notices were mailed to residents and small businesses on June 11, 2021. Please review your notice carefully as some accounts are enrolled with Eligo, some will be served by ComEd, but the net effect is identical for all.

Eligible ratepayers include all residents and small businesses located in Kane County’s unincorporated portions with the exceptions of Aurora Township and Dundee Township, where township officials manage separate aggregation programs. There is no fee to join or to leave the county’s program.

Ratepayers enrolled in a private contract with another alternate supplier may join the county’s program by calling Eligo Customer Care at 630-912-8170 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. As of Jan. 1, 2020, no supplier may charge a termination fee when a ratepayer vacates a contract to join the county’s program.

Participating residents and small businesses will continue to receive one monthly bill generated by ComEd and continue to receive delivery services from ComEd.

How you pay your bill will not change, and if you are eligible for LIHEAP or PIPP assistance, that does not change. The new rate will be reflected on ComEd bills dispersed in September.

Please note that no one from Eligo, Kane County, or ComEd will ever visit your home or call you to enroll, nor ask for your ComEd account number. If a solicitor claims to be Kane County’s supplier or ComEd, take their information and report the incident to the ICC at 800-524-0795 or www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint.

Any outages should be reported to ComEd. If residents have issues with their supply change or enrollment, they are encouraged to leave a question and their callback number with the county’s consultant, NIMEC, at (800) 727-3820 or via email to sdurling@nimec.net, who will work to ensure your issue is resolved.

More Info About Kane Electric Aggregation

Kane County is renewing its electric aggregation program with Chicago-based supplier Eligo Energy, following a competitive bid process. Residents and small business owners in unincorporated portions of the county (excepting Aurora and Dundee Townships which manage separate aggregation programs) will continue to pay exactly the ComEd rate and will enjoy the benefit of Green /Renewable Energy via Renewable Energy Certificates at zero added cost to ratepayers and the county.

The program term is for 24 months, ending August 2023.

To learn how Renewable / Green Energy and RECs work, view this video clip prepared by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Background

The cost of serving each electric account varies greatly, based on usage patterns. Some ratepayer accounts will remain with ComEd supply service because the cost of generation for their account exceeds the ComEd rate. Others will be switched to Eligo, but to be clear, all residents have choice over their electric supplier. They may choose to opt out of the program.

All will pay exactly the same ComEd rate, including ComEd’s monthly variable PEA component. Eligo will purchase Green Energy via RECs for the County, on behalf of all ratepayers in the Kane County Aggregation Community, whether moved to ComEd supply or to Eligo.

Notices were mailed to some residents and small businesses on June 11, 2021.

  1. Green Aggregation Notice: The account will be included in the program and switched to Eligo if the ratepayer does not opt out. They will pay exactly the ComEd rate. A Confirmation of Switch Notice will be mailed from ComEd in July confirming the change to Eligo in August.
  2. Informative-Only Notice: Ratepayers will remain with ComEd but will still be considered a part of the Green Aggregation Community.
  3. Return to ComEd Service: (this is a very small group) Ratepayers currently enrolled with previous supplier MC Squared will be moved back to ComEd. They need do nothing; are still considered a part of the program. In July, they will receive a second letter from ComEd confirming the drop.
  4. Opt In Notice: will remain with the individual contract they have undertaken, unless they choose to leave that supplier and take action to enroll with Eligo Energy.

Residents, whether remaining with ComEd or enrolling with Eligo are all considered members of the Kane County Renewable Aggregation program, and their energy usage will be offset by Renewable /Green Energy from renewable generation sources.

Program Benefits

  • Guaranteed at the ComEd rate, with no rate risk of paying more than ComEd.
  • No hidden fees, no additional monthly fee.
  • Maximum flexibility to join or leave the program, and never an enrollment or switch fee.
  • The County will earn designation as a US EPA Green Power Partner at zero cost.
  • Residents’ power consumption is offset by Green Energy generated from renewable generation sources, for zero cost.
  • The county’s Carbon footprint will be reduced.

No one from Eligo, ComEd, or Kane County will ever visit your home or call you to enroll. If a solicitor claims to be the County’s supplier, Eligo, or ComEd, please take their information and report the incident to the ICC at www.icc.illinois.gov/complaints. Never reveal your ComEd account number or allow a solicitor to view your ComEd bill unless you are certain you wish to enroll with that supplier and have read all terms and conditions.

 

Electric Aggregation Program FAQs

(1) How can I enroll?

During the initial three-week opt out period you need do nothing if you received an opt out notice; you will automatically be enrolled unless you take action to opt out. If you received a different notice, informing of “Return to ComEd” or “Informative Only,” you still need do nothing. Read the detail in the notice mailed directly to your ComEd billing address.

(3) I am located within the county, have switched to another supplier, but would like to join. May I?

Yes. Call Eligo at 630-912-8170 or email KaneCounty@eligoenergy.com and provide your ComEd account number. Effective Jan 1, 2020, no supplier may charge a termination fee to switch.

(3) What is the current ComEd rate?

The annualized base ComEd rate is 7.127¢ per kWh plus a monthly variable Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA), which can be up to +/- 0.5¢. For more information about the ComEd rate, visit pluginillinois.org.

(4) Will I get two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?

No. ComEd continues to bill for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers Electricity, and will continue to bill you, but they no longer supply it.

(5) If I am automatically enrolled, can I leave the program?

Yes. You will never be charged a termination fee.

(6) I am enrolled in a low-income assistance program. Will I still receive those benefits?

If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, your status will not be affected.

(7) Does the program impact my ComEd budget billing or auto-payment plan?

No. The way you pay your ComEd bill does not change.

(8) What happens if I move?

If you remain within the unincorporated portions of the County (excepting Aurora or Dundee Townships), call Eligo to re-enroll at your new address. Residents moving into the community may participate by calling 630-912-8170.

(9) Is the energy generated from any renewable “green” energy sources?

Yes. RECs, which are the sole currency of the green energy market, will represent ratepayers’ power consumed.  They will be sourced from wind generators located in the Midwest.

The US EPA states that because power supply is provided to ratepayers from a massive grid shared across many communities, “There is no way to distinguish the exact source that your Electricity came from. RECs, the currency of the renewable energy market, allow you to claim that the Electricity you use came from a renewable resource with low or zero emissions.” To learn how RECs work, visit tinyurl.com/GreenEPA.

(10) Why support renewable wind generation resources?

For the ten years ending 2017, coal-based generation in the US has been reduced 40% whereas wind-based generation has increased by 638%. Wind energy helps to reduce carbon footprint. This program achieves a strategic objective of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Compact.

For specific questions about your own electric account, do not call the County; call Kane County’s aggregation program supplier Eligo Energy at 630-912-8170. If you require additional assistance, call the County’s energy consultant, NIMEC at 800-727-3820 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted by NIMEC within 24 hours regarding the issue. You may also email sdurling@NIMEC.net with your specific question.

The Illinois Commerce Commission provides additional information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org. To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, always call ComEd at 800-334-7661.

SOURCE: Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources