Swansea considers electric aggregation question for March election

News-DemocratDecember 2, 2013 

The Swansea Board of Trustees discussed putting the electrical aggregation referendum on the ballot in March at its committee meeting Monday night.

If the board passes the proposed ordinance, the village will have to submit, before Jan. 9, the referendum question to the St. Clair County Clerk's Office for inclusion on the ballot for the March 18 general primary election.

Voters will then decide whether they want the village to work with electric suppliers and negotiate electric prices for residents. Under the opt-out program, residents do not have to participate in the program, they can choose to opt-out and stay with their current supplier.

The referendum question is proposed as: "Shall the Village of Swansea, St. Clair County, Illinois, have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program."

If the referendum question is approved to go on the ballot by the trustees, the village is then required to hold public hearings to inform residents about what electric aggregation is and how they would be affected by it.

During the Board of Trustees meeting, trustees approved an agreement with Professional Energy Consulting Services for that firm to consult with and inform the public about the electrical aggregation opt-out program for residential and small commercial retail customers.

If the referendum passes the voters in March, the firm will negotiate with different electric suppliers for bids and fees to supply electricity to the village.

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