MT. VERNON — Bids are expected to be opened today from electric suppliers for the aggregate group which includes the city.
“We expect to be able to approve the low bidder on Friday and have lower rates for our customers in the month of June,” said City Manager Ron Neibert during the city council meeting on Monday.
The council approved the rules of governance for the electric aggregation program, which was approved by voters in April. According to Jeff Haarmann of Affordable Gas and Electric, the rules of governance will allow for the opening of the bids by potential suppliers of electricity.
“Once that happens, we will notify the winning supplier and they will begin preparing the opt-out letters, which are expected to be mailed out in late May or early June,” Haarmann explained. “There is a 14 day official opt-out period which will conclude in the middle of June. There is no penalty, no fees to leave the program. At this point, all residents need to remember is if they want to stay in the program, they don’t have to do anything.”
Haarmann said under the existing schedule, the winning supplier of electricity for the aggregate will begin enrolling customers under the new rates during the June and July meter read dates.
Haarmann reiterated that the new rates and aggregate does not affect customers of Tri-County Electric Cooperative and only includes the electric supply portion of a resident’s bill.
“This does not include natural gas, or the transmission of electricity,” Haarmann said. “This is for the supply of electricity.”
Haarmann said residents could see a 10 or 15 percent change on electric bills.
“That will be on the total bill, with delivery and supply combined,” Haarmann said. “The natural gas portion is not affected.”
A copy of the rules of governance is available at City Hall and will be on the city’s Web site.