While the basic idea behind municipal aggregation is that by having more people grouped together, the greater savings customers will see, Decatur City Planner Vasudha Pinnamaraju says they are doing all they can to notify customers…
“We are thinking that January or February are the times when the opt-out forms will go out. Once people receive them, they will have 19 days to opt-out of the process. They can mail the physical copy or they can e-mail, call, or go on the website. We will be making all that information available when we get closer to the implementation date.”
Pinnamaraju says the timeline is still up in the air because they still need to take their plans in front of the City Council to get voted on.
A common misconception when it comes to the municipal aggregation is that taking part in the program will hurt Ameren Illinois.
At the two public forums yesterday at the Madden Auditorium, Stacey Young, a spokesperson with Ameren says that the company will not be any worse off with the program, and the company even suggests looking into it…
“Ameren Illinois will not be effected at all if customers decide to pursue aggregation or not. Ameren is a delivery company, not a supply company.”
Young says that the only difference in your bill will be the energy supplier and the money you owe. For all aggregation details you can go to Ameren’s website.
In addition to the 19 days following the implementation, there will also be a 10 day opt-out grace period offered.