Municipal Electric Opt-Out Aggregation Timeline – April 9th, 2013 Election

1. January 22, 2013: Deadline for ordinance to have referendum placed on the voter ballot; must be filed with County.

2. Feb – March, 2013: Awareness campaign for residents and small commercial retail businesses on municipal electric “Opt-Out” aggregation program.
Account lists “scrubbed”.

3. April 9, 2013: Referendum.

4. April 2013: In the event of a simple majority at referendum, an Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance is published by the Municipality; two public hearings must be held.

5. April 2013: Electric "load" of all viable residential and small commercial retail accounts submitted for competitive bid with Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers (ARES).

6. May 2013: Bids evaluated; County/Municipality makes decision about moving forward.

7. May 2013: "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. June 2013: 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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