Tonight's meeting at
St. Anthony's Church gave city leaders a chance to explain
A letter the City
In March, a referendum was passed by voters to approve the electric aggregation plan. The referendum allowed the city to find a different, cheaper energy supplier than ComEd.
The city negotiated a rate of 4.66 cents per kilowatt hour with FirstEnergy Solutions. The current ComEd supply rate is 8.30 center per kWh. That's a savings of forty-three percent.
Resident Linda Tripp attended the meeting to relay information back to her elderly neighbors, "They're scared to switch they think the prices won't be fixed the way they say they're going to be fixed, they think it will go up then double on them."
Many also showed up because they already have an alternate supplier and want to join the city's new program, but don't know how.
"They need to know they need the best price they can get. A lot of these people are just like me on fixed incomes so they need to know the best prices," explained Tripp.
Now some companies are misrepresenting themselves and soliciting residents door to door or by phone.
Director of Better Business Bureau's Rockford Regional Office Dennis Horton said "there are alternatives to FirstEnergy and the aggregation program. What's happening now is those companies are taking advantage of this change and not being clear that they're not with the city."
With the change ComEd will still bill residents and be responsible for service---they just won't be the energy supplier.
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Residents who already have alternative energy suppliers and would like to opt into the aggregation program can call FirstEnergy Solutions at (866) 636-3749. City leaders advise checking with terms and conditions of the current agreement to avoid fees or other penalties.
The city's new partnership runs until September 2014. If ComEd's energy rates drop FirstEnergy Solutions will match them. Residents staying enrolled in the new program will see the change on their bills in September.