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Yorkville Aldermen Turn Down Electric Aggregation

City leaders voted down an ordinance allowing the city to administer the plan.

Voters supported electric aggregation by a 60 percent majority in the March election, but aldermen turned the lights out on the concept Tuesday.

Aldermen voted, 4-3, against an ordinance allowing the city to administer the plan.

Under electric aggregation, the electric loads of those who do not opt out would be combined, with the city acting as a broker to try to negotiate cheaper power rates. The plan is made possible by the deregulation of Exelon, parent company of ComEd, because the power giant is no longer the sole provider of electricity in Northern Illinois.

If aldermen had passed the ordinance, the city would have sought bids from ComEd's competitors.

Voting against it were Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo, Ward 3 Alderman Chris Funkhouser and Ward 4 Aldermen Diane Teeling and Rose Spears. Ward 1 Alderman George Gilson Jr. was absent.

The issue was the subject of a March 20 referendum, when 1,399 voters supported authorizing the city to pursue aggregation. Some 949 voters, representing about 40 percent of the vote, did not support it.

City Administrator Bart Olson said the city cannot seek bids without aldermen approving the ordinance, so the issue is dead unless aldermen reconsider it.

Kevin Wagner May 10, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Again the Yorkville City Council voted against a referendum that was approved by the majority of the voters. I was at the City Council meeting last night. Alderman Colosimo expressed a concern as to how one opts out of the vendor that they choose. Because of his concern he voted against. Someone else agreed. That was pretty much all of the discussion on the matter. The mayor called for a vote and when the vote was completed he seemed surprised at the results. My impression was that most of the council members had no idea on what they were voting and that their vote was contradictory to the results of a referendum on this past April ballot.
Q Neal May 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Way to got to bat for the citizens of Yorkville city council! (sarcasm) Did you even think to table the vote because you didn't do your homework? Even I know that the opt out process usually involves filling out a form, or making a phone call. It's really not all that hard to do. You had around a month to do research on the subject and it sounds as if you have done nothing! Our taxes continue to rise and when we ask you to do something for us to lessen our burden you turn your backs on us! This better be re-addressed at a future meeting. Even if our bills only go down $5-$10 a month, it's still better than what Com-Ed is charging/gouging us. Get back to work on this immediately please!
Dave May 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Really? I thought I voted for the city to go to bat for us. Can someone tell me why the city doesn't even want to look into how to save us on our utility bill after a majority said "yes, we want you to negotiate a lower rate!" Other communities are going to save residents hundreds of dollars while Yorkville residents watch their money go needlessly to ComEd. Come on city council. We voted for you because you said you wanted to be responsible and watch our money. DO YOUR JOB!
Ferdie May 11, 2012 at 01:11 AM
To our Council members, I was disappointed to see a negative vote on the aggregation issue at the last council meeting. There seemed to be confusion on the structure of the program. The prudent way to have given responsible governance to your constituents who voted for consideration of aggregation, would have been to table this until you all fully understood it. I have learned that this program can save our household up to 15 % on our electric bill annually. It is especially disturbing because of the fact that the City itself is reaping benefit of this program at it's facilities. One argument I heard was that the residents shouldn't be forced to opt out. I wish that same thought process would have been considered on the bike trail that voters rejected twice. I would like to opt out of that. You people should reconsider and understand the program fully before this is shelved, for the respect of those you serve. A possible 15% saving is significant.
It all comes out in the wash May 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Two other areas to address to help all of us who just received our taxes: Stop the Health Care benifit for Alderman- they could have opted out but did not Put some rules around the Senior Garbage that we end up paying for. No rules only you have to be 65 and live in Yorkville to pay 1.00 every 2 months. Even if the senior makes more than you...nice....a program with no rules.

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