Palos Hills seeks new energy supplier

  • Written by Kelly White

Palos Hills will be seeking energy bids again this summer. The city’s current two-year electrical aggregation contract with First Energy Solutions Corporation is set to expire in July.
At the February Palos Hills City Council Meeting, Public Works Commissioner Dave Weakley asked representative, Sharon Durling, from N.I.M.E.C. (Northern Illinois Electrical Collaborative) to address the city council regarding the expiration of their current aggregation of electric contract with First Energy this July.
Weakley indicated in order to continue their aggregation of electric program, an ordinance would need to be passed allowing N.I.M.E.C. to seek energy bids on the city’s behalf. The city unanimously passed the ordinance on the March 6th City Council Meeting, authorizing renewal of the aggregation program, allowing for N.I.M.E.C. to seek new electrical bids prior to the July expiration date.
In March 2012, voters in the city of Palos Hills approved a referendum allowing the community to contract with an energy supplier to reduce electricity costs for its residents. N.I.M.E.C. (Northern Illinois Electrical Collaborative) representative, Larry Shover, negotiated electric prices between energy suppliers and received bids from that he then submitted in to Mayor Jerry Bennett and the Palos Hills City Council, and upon agreement, the city of Palos Hills chose First Energy Solutions Corporation as their supplier of choice for their municipal aggregation program.
There were 6,858 Palos Hills residents who chose to opt in to the electrical aggregation program; whereas, 220 residents have decided to opt out and stay with ComEd. A total of 703 other accounts were not eligible because the resident is currently in contract with a different outside energy supplier and 68 opt-out forms were returned because they were undeliverable. There is currently no opt-out fee for residents wishing to remain with ComEd.
Palos Hills residents are receiving a rate of 4.74 cents per kilowatt hour, through First Energy, compared to ComEd’s 8.36 cents per kilowatt hour. The energy supplier changeover took place the first week of August 2012, and after taking on a two year contract, will continue through the July 2014 billing cycle.
Bennett also indicated that ComEd’s electricity rates will only continue to climb in the near future.
Questions regarding delivery services, power outages, metering or moving to a new address can be addressed to ComEd’s customer service line.
“Regardless of the supplier, it is important for residents to understand is that they will get the same bill and the same service,” Shover noted.