Energy savings program for unincorporated Kane residents

By on March 7, 2014

KANE COUNTY—The Department of Environmental & Water Resources is looking to pass an electric aggregation referendum that would reduce the cost of electric bills for residents of unincorporated Kane County. In an effort to create awareness about the referendum, Kane County sent out 16,000 letters to residents of unincorporated Kane County to let them know they have the opportunity to pass a referendum that would save them money on their electric bill.

Ken Anderson Jr., director of the Environmental & Water Resources, would like to see the residents take advantage of this energy savings program.

“The program is totally voluntary, and anyone can opt out at anytime at no cost,” he said. “The goal is to save residents of unincorparted Kane County money on their electric bills.”

This energy savings opportunity was made possible through the last part of the deregulation process that originally only allowed larger customers such as individual commercial and government entities to participate. It’s now open to residential and small businesses.

If the electrical aggregation referendum does pass, ComEd will have to compete with power suppliers from around the midwest in order to continue to supply electricity to small business owners and residential homes of Kane County. There are 5 to 8 other suppliers that will bid for this opportunity, according to Anderson.

The Kane County Board would administer a small administrative fee for the energy savings program, which would cost residents between $.10 to $.50 per month, or per 1,000 kilowatts. On average a home uses around 1,000 kilowatts per month, according to Anderson.

“We are wanting to use the big numbers that we have in unincorporated Kane County to obtain a good price from a provider,” Anderson said.