The Benefits of Municipal Electricity Choice Aggregation
When your community voted to approve electric aggregation, it joined hundreds of Illinois communities in establishing an electricity group purchasing program. Illinois has emerged as a leader among states that have active electric aggregation programs in place, including California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
The primary benefit of Municipal Electricity Choice Aggregation (or Community Energy Aggregation (CEA)) is to provide cost savings on the supply portion of the bill. Savings should be judged over time, since communities can control the length of their supply contracts. Additional benefits include:
- Price stability
- Renewable energy up to 100%
- In-state call center
- Savings = Money Stays in Local Communities
Illinois is at the forefront of an ongoing CEA trend, with a handful of other states considering CEA legislation or with CEA programs currently underway. Some states (e.g. Ohio) also allow for gas aggregation.
Renewable Energy Makes a Difference
Illinois not only leads the nation in CEA, but it has also leveraged the program as a powerful vehicle for purchasing renewable energy. In fact, in no other state where CEA legislation exists have so many communities selected renewable power. Renewable energy purchases on this scale offset millions of tons of carbon emissions which would otherwise have been generated from carbon-based sources (e.g. coal or oil-fired power plants), and spurs increased investment and innovation in the sector.
Your Community’s Program
CEA programs managed by Good Energy enjoy favorable contract terms negotiated by experts in commodity electricity procurement. Eligible accounts in your community are always welcome to participate, and enrollment is easy.
Additional Ways to Save
Energy efficiency is another key to managing energy cost in your community. There are a number of resources available to residents and small businesses to better help them take control of their energy expenditures.
Tax Credits and Rebates
Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and reduce pollution. Nationally available programs as well as Illinois-specific programs are listed below. Use the links below to learn more and to find savings that may be available to you or your business.
Ameren Illinois programs: http://www.actonenergy.com
ComEd programs: https://www.comed.com/home-savings/rebates-incentives/pages/default.aspx