Libertyville Approves Electric Aggregation
Close to 70 percent of Libertyville residents voted for the village to seek cheaper electricity. Residents could see $233 annual savings on electricity costs per year.
Around 70 percent of voters approved the electric aggregation referendum, authorizing the Village of Libertyville to seek cheaper electricity supply for residential and commercial retail customers who have not opted out of the program.
“There was no downside for residents, the whole idea is to help residents save money, so that to me, was ‘Why wouldn’t you?” Mayor Terry Weppler said.
The village will be holding public hearings and work with Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative to prepare bids as soon as Commonwealth Edison releases electricity supply rates.
“We hope to start the program some time in fall,” Weppler said.
After the State of Illinois deregulated energy markets, Illinois residents and small businesses can already choose a new electric supplier on their own, and these companies advertise savings in the range of 10 percent to 12 percent compared to current Commonwealth Edison rates.
With the approved referendum, the village will be able to negotiate rates with selected energy supplier with greater savings, according to village documents.
Based on a review of village electric load volumes, NIMEC estimate savings for the average resident could be $233 per year, according to village documents.
NIMEC, which already works with the village on negotiating contracts for waste disposal, has experience working with 12 communities to buy bulk electricity supply for residents—most of the communities are in southern Illinois, according to, NIMEC’s Executive Director, David A. Hoover, who presented the idea to trustees during a September Special Projects meeting.
Libertyville residents who wish to still receive their electricity supply from Commonwealth Edison can still do so by opting out of the program.