In November, Belleville voters passed electric aggregation. This was the second attempt; the first failed due to lack of information and trust of city government.
At the recent City Council meeting, we had to choose between green-renewable energy, traditional or a combination thereof.
I led the drive for lowest price regardless of the source. I see the value of going green. But bottom line: I believe the people voted for the cheapest electric rate, which will likely be traditional power. We must honor their vote.
Alderman Phil Elmore voted against the cheapest rate. He said the difference between green energy and traditional was small, "we are talking 70 cents per month per household." However, when you multiply that $8.40 per year by the 18,000 homes in Belleville, we are talking about a community value of $151,200. Add in small businesses and the aggregate value is well above $200,000.
I would much rather see that $200,000 stay in Belleville and help our families and businesses and stimulate our economy versus giving it to someone in Kansas trying to make money off windmills.
Joseph W. Hayden
Alderman, Ward 5 Candidate for mayor Belleville