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Bulk purchase of electricity benefits many

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Electric Aggregation

Midlothian, IL

#1 Oct 26, 2012
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/editor...
You only have to look as far as your nearest Samís Club to see how the power of group membership and bulk purchasing can result in lower prices. The business model is simple: The group with the bigger bargaining chip receives the best deal.
Thatís the idea behind municipal electric aggregation: Units of government agree (by a referendum vote of their residents) to accept the lowest bid for electricity from among any number of suppliers. As a group, those municipalities can bargain for a cheaper price. Individual residents can opt out if they donít like the price or the supplier, or just donít want government butting into their business.
Municipal aggregation gained steam in the spring, when a number of Central Illinois communities voted to participate. Others, including the town of Normal, Heyworth and Randolph Township, are reconsidering the measure on Nov. 6.
The Pantagraph editorial board supports aggregation: It helps a large number of people, yet no one is forced to participate. That opt-out option could be a little easier (itís reminiscent of automatic charges for computer security program renewals) and we suggest consumers do their homework so they are fully aware of their options.
But everyone is watching what and how much they spend, and we support any legitimate means of providing lower-cost utilities to a larger number of people. Government does not have to lead the charge (the Tea Party, for instance, says the idea runs counter to its core beliefs), but itís an easy way to specify geographic boundaries.
Once the consortium of towns agrees on a supplier, residents can back out ó for free ó within the first 30 days. Thereís a service fee if you wait longer to quit, but proponents say the fee is probably no more than the savings you will have incurred.
Those who opt out of the program would be well-served by doing their homework to avoid unexpected problems. For the rest of us, aggregation provides some financial relief when we take a look at the monthly electric bill.
The Pantagraph editorial board supports municipal electric aggregation.

Since: Sep 11

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#2 Oct 26, 2012
this is just a bunch of bs to keep us down by the man
take Ur shots

Griffith, IN

#3 Oct 26, 2012
get your Vaccines like good emm people..before we force you to take emm.....
disgusted

Midlothian, IL

#5 Oct 31, 2012
This not the same as jawa this opt in or out no one has stated if this is a contract once enrolled. What a lot of people are not aware of is that jawa is dammed if we do or dont situation.We will pay either way.Thru bonds or by the 90% increase that chicago will charge us for the water.Again this was reported in various newspapers.
Vote No Now

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 31, 2012
Electric Aggregation wrote:
http://www.pantagraph.com/news /opinion/editorial/editorial-b ulk-purchase-of-electricity-be nefits-many/article_2ba971a0-1 e21-11e2-9122-0019bb2963f4.htm l
You only have to look as far as your nearest Samís Club to see how the power of group membership and bulk purchasing can result in lower prices. The business model is simple: The group with the bigger bargaining chip receives the best deal.
Thatís the idea behind municipal electric aggregation: Units of government agree (by a referendum vote of their residents) to accept the lowest bid for electricity from among any number of suppliers. As a group, those municipalities can bargain for a cheaper price. Individual residents can opt out if they donít like the price or the supplier, or just donít want government butting into their business.
Municipal aggregation gained steam in the spring, when a number of Central Illinois communities voted to participate. Others, including the town of Normal, Heyworth and Randolph Township, are reconsidering the measure on Nov. 6.
The Pantagraph editorial board supports aggregation: It helps a large number of people, yet no one is forced to participate. That opt-out option could be a little easier (itís reminiscent of automatic charges for computer security program renewals) and we suggest consumers do their homework so they are fully aware of their options.
But everyone is watching what and how much they spend, and we support any legitimate means of providing lower-cost utilities to a larger number of people. Government does not have to lead the charge (the Tea Party, for instance, says the idea runs counter to its core beliefs), but itís an easy way to specify geographic boundaries.
Once the consortium of towns agrees on a supplier, residents can back out ó for free ó within the first 30 days. Thereís a service fee if you wait longer to quit, but proponents say the fee is probably no more than the savings you will have incurred.
Those who opt out of the program would be well-served by doing their homework to avoid unexpected problems. For the rest of us, aggregation provides some financial relief when we take a look at the monthly electric bill.
The Pantagraph editorial board supports municipal electric aggregation.
This is another No Bid Contract that will not benefit the taxpayers who can research and choose the best electricity provider to suit their own individual family's needs now. VOTE NO!
Vote Yes

Palos Hills, IL

#7 Nov 6, 2012
Yes, individuals can opt out and do research and choose their own provider, quit lying. Many have done this already and have their own contract. Voting yes will allow who wants to be able to buy in bulk and save money on this utility. I voted YES to save money." Vote No Now" is not concerned with saving the community money but has some axe to grind with the city or perhaps has an electric power company that he is affraid will not be able to bid on a contract( most likely the first).
Voted No

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 6, 2012
Vote No Now wrote:
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This is another No Bid Contract that will not benefit the taxpayers who can research and choose the best electricity provider to suit their own individual family's needs now. VOTE NO!
Thanks for explaining the facts! I don't need the city to make the choice for me especially because of the history regarding special interests. Thank you for posting the information the paper was very vague.
This is very bad

Chicago, IL

#9 Nov 6, 2012
Vote Yes wrote:
Yes, individuals can opt out and do research and choose their own provider, quit lying. Many have done this already and have their own contract. Voting yes will allow who wants to be able to buy in bulk and save money on this utility. I voted YES to save money." Vote No Now" is not concerned with saving the community money but has some axe to grind with the city or perhaps has an electric power company that he is affraid will not be able to bid on a contract( most likely the first).
I heard all about these no bid contracts, the debt, and what has been going on there at city hall. This is not what should be going on and needs to stop. You people have not been telling the truth. Why aren't my streets fixed?
Failed

Chicago, IL

#10 Nov 7, 2012
The People Voted No.
VOTE YES

Blue Island, IL

#11 Nov 7, 2012
Blue Island voters continue to make mistakes.
We Got it Right

Chicago, IL

#12 Nov 7, 2012
We the People Read Topix and We Vote!
You are Welcome

Chicago, IL

#13 Nov 8, 2012
Voted No wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for explaining the facts! I don't need the city to make the choice for me especially because of the history regarding special interests. Thank you for posting the information the paper was very vague.
We did't have time to make signs to help get the message out; Thanks for Reading and Voting!

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