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Another chance to save on ComEd bills

This past week the Village of Montgomery released information that shows village residents saved an average of $248 over the past 17 months due to passage of an electric aggregation referendum in March 2012.

Meanwhile, this past December Village of Oswego officials announced the average village homeowner had saved $316 over the prior 14 months as a result of an electric aggregation in program also passed by village voters in March 2012.

Oswego and Montgomery electric customers have been saving roughly $20 on their monthly ComEd electric bills because by approving aggregation referendums they empowered their respective villages to seek competitive bids for the electric power portion of their electric bills. The monthly savings has come about because both villages-like many other municipalities across Illinois-have been able to purchase electric power at a rate that is significantly below ComEd's rate.

Unfortunately, the more than 8,000 residents of the Boulder Hill Subdivision and other unincorporated areas of Kendall County continue to pay more for their electric power because they rejected an electric aggregation referendum in November 2012.

But on March 18, the county's unincorporated residents will once again have an opportunity to vote on an electric aggregation referendum.

We continue to believe that county voter's rejected the first referendum because of a lack of any kind of informational campaign by the county. There is an old saying that 20 percent of the voters will always vote no on any kind of referendum. That 20 percent voter coupled with a large segment of voters who likely didn't know what the heck aggregation is all about accounted for the referendum's defeat.

But next month's referendum outcome may be different. On Tuesday the Kendall County Board voted to send a position-neutral informational letter concerning aggregation and the March 18 referendum to the county's unincorporated residents. Also, Progressive Energy, the county's aggregation consultant, announced last week it will wage an informational campaign in support of the referendum.

The aggregation referendums passed by wide margins in Montgomery and Oswego two years ago because the villages took steps to inform voters on the potential benefits of aggregation. We believe if similarly informed, the county's unincorporated residents will do the same and thereby save themselves some money each month on their ComEd bills.

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