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Abbate: Township's electrical aggregation program moves forward

The unincorporated residents and small business owners of Downers Grove Township will soon have the opportunity to weigh-in regarding the township’s electrical aggregation program.  

Two public meetings will be held to raise questions and concerns about the program. The first was held Aug. 29, while the second will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Chinese Christian Mandarin Church, 9S565 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook at 7 p.m.

Residents approved a binding proposition on the April 9 ballot that authorized the township to pool or aggregate unincorporated residential and small commercial electricity accounts and to negotiate a lower price for the electricity supply.

Because of electrical deregulation, consumers can choose their electric supplier while continuing to receive reliable electricity delivery service from ComEd. The township, along with their energy consultant, Solo Energy Solutions, will use a competitive solicitation process to select a supplier that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission and registered to serve residential and commercial electricity accounts.  

Solo will be working on the township’s behalf to lock in favorable rates, track market changes, manage risk and budget for long-term stability before an optimum electrical contract can be established.

No matter which supplier is chosen, ComEd will continue to deliver the same services it does today which includes delivering electricity, responding to outages, issuing monthly bills, reading meters and maintaining the distribution network. 

“This is the time for township residents to learn about and discuss the advantages of electrical aggregation,” said Frank Wurster, Downers Grove Township Supervisor.

Wurster stated that results from over 600 other Illinois communities that have used electrical aggregation can reduce utility costs while maintaining ComEd services.  

“This program can provide immediate benefits for Township residents and businesses by reducing monthly electricity bills. ComEd will continue to maintain the wires, read the meters, send monthly payments, and ensure system safety and integrity," he said.

For more information, visit the Downers Grove Township website at

Kathleen Abbate is a Downers Grove Township trustee.

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