Caseyville residents will decide Tuesday whether they want to create a community-wide buyers group that will enable them to seek lower prices for the supply of electricity for their homes and small businesses.
This referendum is similar to ballot questions that have appeared in more than a dozen other metro-east cities in recent years.
Reg Ankrum, spokesman for the electric aggregation program, said a "successful referendum would authorize the village board to proceed with an initiative to pursue lower cost electric supply for residential and small commercial electric customers in Caseyville."
Illinois law paved the way to open market power pricing for smaller consumers in January 2010. Since then, 3 million residents from more than 650 Illinois municipalities have chosen alternate suppliers to lower their electric bills, Ankrum said.
Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black said the community would not be obligated to implement the program if bid prices came in higher than what it could get from Ameren Illinois.
If voters pass the referendum, home and small business electric customers would be enrolled automatically in the program.
To learn more about electric aggregation go to www.pluginIllinois.org or www.citizensforcompetetive electricity.com