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:
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.