With voter approve in April 2011, Oak Park adopted a program to bundle — or aggregate — all residential and small business electric accounts and seek bids for electricity on the open market, an option many large industrial and commercial enterprises long had used to reduce electricity costs.
The program is called Community Choice Aggregation.
Later that same year, Oak Park became the first municipality in Illinois and possibly the nation to require its supplier to provide an all-green power for its residents and small business operators who participate in a community electricity aggregation program.
The contract with Chicago-based Integrys Energy Services requires the company to supply electricity and credits from 100-percent green sources like wind and solar, while still saving local customers about a 25 percent over the current state-approved electricity provider.
Oak Park’s program went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. Electricity continued to be delivered by ComEd, which remained responsible for customer service, such as billing and outage response. The only difference consumers saw was a lower rate on the supply charge line item on their bill.
Initially, all residential and small business accounts in the Village were enrolled automatically in the program. However, each can choose to opt-out and continue to be billed by a state-approved supplier.
For more information about Oak Park's electricity aggregation program, e-mail email@example.com.