Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCA) allows local governments the option to bundle together residential and small commercial retail electric accounts and seek proposals for a potentially cleaner, cheaper source of power.
City Selects Dynegy Energy Services to Provide Participating Residents with 100 Percent Renewable Energy
The City of Evanston has partnered with Dynegy Energy for its electricity aggregation program, providing participating residents and small businesses with 100 percent renewable energy. The Evanston City Council approved a three-year contract with Dynegy on June 12, 2017. The City secured an electricity supply price of 7.132 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the duration of the agreement, August 2017 through July 2020. More information on the program with Dynegy Energy will be available once the final agreement has been signed, prior to August 1, 2017. General information about Dynegy Energy can be found by visiting the Dynegy website.
Current Electricity Aggregation Contract with Homefield Energy Ends July 31, 2017
The City's current contract with Homefield Energy will end on July 31, 2017, at which point the City will switch to Dynegy Energy Services. Evanston’s electricity supply price with Homefield Energy is 6.923 cents per kWh from August 2016 through July 2017. Evanston’s contract provides 100 percent renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which ensure that green energy is being produced and added to the electricity grid. RECs will come from facilities, such as wind farms, located in Illinois or a neighboring state and are required to be generated within one year of the energy being used by the aggregated group.
Electricity Aggregation Frequently Asked Questions
The Illinois Commerce Commission maintains a Plug In Illinois webpage that provides additional information on municipal electricity aggregation and ComEd’s price to compare.
What is Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCA)?
In Evanston, CCA is an opt-out program that allows local governments the option to bundle together, or aggregate, residential and small commercial retail electric accounts and seek proposals for a cleaner, and possibly cheaper, source of power. Currently, ComEd purchases electricity on behalf of their customers who have not selected another supplier and passes those energy supply costs onto the customers. By bundling residential and small commercial accounts, municipalities may be able to obtain savings by purchasing energy supply from the open market. The electricity is still delivered by ComEd, which remains responsible for customer service, such as billing and outage response.
Why does Evanston have an aggregation program?
Municipal aggregation allows the City to negotiate a long-term fixed rate for electricity for residential and small commercial customers in Evanston as well as determine the electricity source. Aggregation provides price stability and certainty for participants as well as allows the City to make progress on its commitment to climate action by sourcing electricity from 100 percent renewable sources through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
I received a letter from Dynegy Energy Services and the City. What does it mean?
Dynegy Energy Services is required by law to send “opt out” notices to all eligible participants to notify them of the new agreement terms and to provide them with the option to “opt out” before the the new rate becomes effective on August 1, 2017. In addition, after August 1, 2017, Dynegy will send out “opt out” notices to new residents in Evanston to allow them to opt out prior to being enrolled in the program. New Evanston residents will be enrolled in the program at the same rates as other participants if they take no action after receiving their opt out notice from Dynegy Energy. Click to view the Dynegy opt out letter.
What does “opt out” mean?
All residential and small business customers can choose to opt out of the program altogether and stick with ComEd’s purchased electricity, or choose a supplier on their own. If you opt out and later decide that you want to participate in the program, you may do so. You may opt in or opt out at any time without penalty or charge.
How do I know if I’m in the program?
Program participants will continue to receive a bill from ComEd for their electricity service. Residents can determine if they’re participating in the City’s program by reviewing their ComEd bill and looking for an item on the bill under the “supply charge” section that reads, “Electric Supply Services - Dynegy.” If your bill does not list this item, it’s likely that you are not a participant in the program. To view a sample ComEd invoice without aggregation, please visit ComEd’s website.
What does renewable energy mean?
In the terms of the City’s aggregation program, electricity supplied from renewable energy sources means that all participants in the program will have energy supplied to them via Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which ensure that green energy is being produced and added to the electricity grid. RECs come from facilities, such as wind farms, located in Illinois or a neighboring state and are required to be generated within one year of the energy being used by the aggregated group.
Don’t Residential and Small Commercial Retail Customers already have the power to choose their supplier?
Yes, as a result of energy deregulation in Illinois, all consumers have the option to select an alternate retail electricity supplier.
The Illinois Commerce Commission approves the alternate retail electric suppliers that are allowed to supply electricity in Illinois. Information on electric supply choice can be found on the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Plug In Illinois website. There are several important questions that any customer should ask when considering selecting an energy supplier, including questions about the price, contract terms, enrollment process, billing process and customer service. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a consumer advocacy group, also provides resources related to consumer electricity choice.
Residential and small business customers that have already selected an alternate retail electricity supplier would not be included with the aggregation program and would remain part of the agreement they already signed. In addition, those customers on ComEd’s real-time pricing program will also not be able to participate in the aggregation program. Residential customers can participate in a real-time pricing program, which is another way to save money from the set rate but cannot be used in conjunction with aggregation.
Illinois Commerce Commission: icc.illinois.gov
Citizens Utility Board: citizensutilityboard.org
Plug In Illinois: pluginillinois.org
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