Muncipal electric aggregation is an idea for more than just the town of Normal. Illinois voters in more than 200 communities next month will decide whether they want their local government to go shopping for better electricity prices. Already, about 250 cities, townships and counties have gone that route. Now, it's on the ballot in Normal, Chicago and Sparta. Divernon, Collinsville, and Quincy. Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission Doug Scott says even Heyworth has it.
"At first there were just a few communities that decided to put this on the ballot and opt for a referendum. And then when people started to see what the prices were that were being generated and how much folks were saving, then you saw it expand to a lot more municipalities, and now it's expanding more still."
Scott says when communities have left Ameren and Commonwealth Edison for alternative suppliers, they've seen prices drop as much as 40 percent ... in cases, even more. Governments harness the collective buying power of residents to negotiate deals.
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