MATTOON (JG-TC) — Coles County residents should receive “opt-out” notices in the mail for the Electrical Aggregation Program, according to the city.
The letter will have several references to Homefield Energy — the winning bidder for the electric aggregation program for Mattoon, Charleston, Ashmore, Humboldt, Lerna, Oakland, and Coles County, according to a press release from the city’s public works department
Residents will have 19 days from the date of the postmark to “opt-out” of the program if they do not wish to participate. Participating residents will also receive a letter from Ameren in January indicating that their service providers will be changed. Customers on Ameren’s Standard Rate, who do not opt out, will automatically be switched to the new rate. There is no action required for customers to get into the program.
A per-kilowatt-hour bid of around 4 cents resulted from bids for electricity for municipalities on Dec. 11 following the approved referendums on electrical aggregation in the November election. Ameren Illinois’ current rate is about 5.5 cents.
Ameren’s Power Smart customers should have been removed from the list of customers to be switched. However, these customers should complete and return the opt-out notice if they receive one.
Ameren’s All-Electric customers were originally intended to be left out of the program; however, the rates were accepted that they could receive significant year-round savings as well. All-Electric Customers will be automatically enrolled in the program unless they return an opt-out notice. Customers with third-party power supply agreements can join the program if they wish. They need to review their cancellation clauses with their current supplier.
The contact info for Homefield is CustCare@HomefieldEnergy.com, 866-694-1262. The contact numbers for Ameren are: 800-755-5000 residential, 800-232-2477 commercial.
New customers, such as someone moving to the area or someone moving within the community, will automatically be included in the program unless they request otherwise when setting up their service. Residents are cautioned that third-party suppliers will continue to solicit business during the switchover period. Anyone asking residents to sign up or enroll is not with the public aggregation program.
For more information, please see the following page on Homefield Energy’s website at http://www.homefieldenergy.com/Customers/Pages/CommunitiesWeServe.aspx.