Elburn residents to decide on electric source

By on March 25, 2011

by Sandy Kaczmarski
Elburn—Elburn voters will be asked to decide whether to allow the village of Elburn to purchase electricity for residential and small commercial retail customers from other suppliers than ComEd. The village has already been purchasing power on the open market for the last four years for water pumping and street lighting power.

“I look at this as a win-win opportunity for all of our residents,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “They may, at any time, go back to ComEd to provide electrical power.”

If voters approve the referendum on the ballot April 5, the village will be allowed to bid for lower electric rates for residents. Residents may opt out of the program and continue to receive their power from ComEd.

Anderson was the owner of The Grocery Store and was able to buy electricity at a lower rate with membership in the Illinois Food Retailers Association. The same situation is available, he said, if the entire village is able to negotiate with those that provide power.

“It would be, in my opinion, wrong not to allow our residents to make a decision on this issue,” Anderson said.

The referendum reads:
“Shall the Village of Elburn have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?”

For more information, contact the village of Elburn offices at (630) 365-5060.