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Kane County keeps working to bring electric aggregation to residents

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 10:29 a.m. CST

GENEVA – County staff are continuing to work to bring electric aggregation to unincorporated residents.

With the Kane County Board's unanimous approval of the electrical power aggregation plan of operation and governance Tuesday, staff are preparing to select an aggregation consultant expert.

Ken Anderson, director of the county’s division of environmental and water resources, on Thursday presented the Energy and Environmental Committee with a draft of the request for proposals for such a position.

This consultant will help the county as it selects an electric supplier, he said.

The county hopes to secure lower rates than what ComEd offers, Anderson said, but the potential savings won't be known until the bidding process.

"It will be very competitive," he said, noting he already has gotten several calls from different providers.

While the county intends to collect fees to recover administrative costs for the program, Anderson has said the intent isn't to cut into savings.

Board member Deborah Allan, D-Elgin, asked how many households and businesses the electric aggregation program is expected to serve.

Anderson said the county doesn't yet know the numbers – that information will come from ComEd – but the county sent about 15,000 letters before the referendum about the program went to ballot.

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