Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 18, 2014

AGE gives aggregation info

MT. VERNON — The push is on to educate voters prior to the March 18 election on the issue of electric aggregation.

The ballot question will be posed to voters in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County on the ballot to determine if they want to participate in electric aggregation — the second time the question will be posed.

Electric aggregation was passed for the villages of the county and the city of Mt. Vernon during the last election, however, it was defeated in the unincorporated areas of the county by 104 votes — less than 5 percent of the voters with 710 undervotes recorded.

“We think if we do a better job of presenting the facts, those 700 people would’ve voted yes,” Jeff Haarmann of Affordable Gas and Electric said, adding he believes Tri-County Electric Cooperative customers may have affected the first vote on the issue and creating the under votes.

Aggregation will not affect Tri-County Electric Co-op customers, but those customers will be asked to vote on the question. AGE is asking for Tri-County customers to to vote in favor to allow their neighbors on Ameren Illinois the ability to aggregate.

In an effort to educate all voters on the issue of electric aggregation, a 15-minute presentation will be available online to anyone who wishes to log in and view it on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“The short presentation will provide an overview of electricity aggregation and the savings other communities have already seen upon passage of referendums in their communities,” information from Haarmann states. “The online presentations entited, “Your Community’s Guide to Lower Electric Rates” is free to participate in and are accessible by registering...”

The 1 p.m. presentation is available at; the 5:30 p.m. presentation is at; and the 7 p.m. presentation is at

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