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February 27, 2014

Electric bids ready to go

MT. VERNON — Four electric supply companies have put their intent to bid their services if the March 18 electric aggregation issue is approved by voters.

According to Jeff Haarmann managing partner of Affordable Gas and Electric, the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County are among 41 central and Southern Illinois communities who will vote in the Primary Election on whether

to allow electric aggregation. AGE has been hired by the county board to represent and consult on educating the public and finding potential suppliers of electricity if the question passes.

This is the second time the ballot question will be posed to voters in the unincorporated areas of the county, losing by less than 5 percent of voters with more than 700 undervotes.

Haarmann has said it is believed the undervotes were from customers of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, who are not affected by the aggregation, but who vote on the issue. Aggregation only affects customers of Ameren Illinois.

According to information from AGE, Homefield Energy, Constellation, First Energy Solutions and Integrys have responded with an intent to bid on the aggregation.

“Our role as consultants is to develop a potential list of qualified suppliers to bid on the electricity supply, if approved by the voters,” Haarmann said. “Suppliers will bid on the electricity supply of approximately 17,000 combined households represented by our firm. Over 700 Illinois communities have already approved such referendums and are seeing the benefits of ‘bidding in bulk.’”

Communities in the aggregation group with the referendum question include the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County, Carterville, Litchfield, Nokomis, Albion, Norris City, Addieville, Richview, DuBois, Venedy, Irvington, Alma, Kell, Wamac, Cisne, Omaha, Farina, Lawrence County, Bridgeport, Sumner, St. Francisville, Edinburg, Worden, Mulberry Grove, Sorento, Sigel, Windsor, Strasburg, Stewrdson, Farmersville, Irving, Taylor Springs, Coalton, Raymond, Butler, Witt, Waggoner, East Gillespie, Virden, Medora and Shipman.

“Some of the top competitive electric supply companies in Illinois and the U.S. are poised to bid on our group of residents and small business customers’ energy supply,” Haarmann said. “All the voters have to do to secure lower rates is to vote yes on March 18, to allow their community to participate in the bidding process.”

For more information, go to www.AffordableElectricRates.com or call 618-207-3450 with specific questions on the issue.

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