Maple Park puts question for energy aggregation on March Ballot
by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday passed an ordinance to include a vote on energy aggregation on the ballot in the upcoming election.
“All in all, this is a good thing for the village, and its residents,” Trustee Terry Borg said.
Energy aggregation would allow the village to go through an outside broker to enter in an opt-in service with an energy supplier to save residents on their energy bill.
“Maple Park will not be alone in this discussion,” Village Attorney Kevin Buick said. “Many municipalities will have this on their ballots next spring.”
The next step for the village is to find a broker to represent them to the various energy suppliers.
“We have started research and gathering information to help us,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “We have some time to make the decision.”
Because this ordinance allows for the question to be put on a ballot, and it is ultimately up to the residents vote and decide on pursuing, the Village Board is looking for ways to educate the public.
“If we settle on a broker before the election, it is possible they could come in and help us hold public hearings for the residents,” Curtis said.
The question for energy aggregation will appear on the March 20, 2012, election ballot.