Illinois Municipal Electric Opt-Out Aggregation Steps

1. Community passes deadline for ordinance to have referendum placed on the voter ballot; must be filed with County.

2. Good Energy conducts awareness campaign for residents and small commercial retail businesses on municipal electric “Opt-Out” aggregation program.
Account lists “scrubbed”.

3. Referendum passes.

4. An Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance is published by the Municipality; two public hearings must be held.

5. Good Energy conducts a competitive bid through RFP. Electric "load" of all viable residential and small commercial retail accounts submitted for competitive bid with Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers (ARES).

6. Bids evaluated; County/Municipality makes decision about moving forward.

7. "Opt-Out Period" commences. Excluding those who currently receive service from an ARE, are participating in utility PowerSmart program, and/or are on BGS Hold status, all residents and small commercial retail accounts will receive direct mailing from winning supplier explaining savings offer, while also giving an opportunity to "Opt-Out" (without penalty) and remain with the Utility.

8. All accounts that have not Opted-Out are transitioned from Ameren to the winning supplier. Ameren sends out first "consolidated" bill with new supplier charges. Customers are given second and final opportunity to Opt-Out (rescind) at this time.

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