Village of Prairie Grove Electric Aggregation Program
Following the passage of a voter referendum in 2012, the Village contracted to procure lower-cost electric supply for residents and small businesses via an opt-out program. The initial two-year program with MC Squared is expiring. The Village has renewed the program and following a competitive bid process, contracted with Integrys Energy Services at a fixed rate of 6.99¢ per kWh for a three-year term ending August 2017.
How to enroll: call Integrys Energy Services also part of Constellation at 855-668-3690. There is no enrollment fee and no early termination fee to vacate the program.
Prairie Grove Program vs. ComEd rate in cents per kilowatt hour
Supply + transmission
Prairie Grove rate
Com Ed summer rate
Your savings off the ComEd supply rate (Estimated):
All residents and small commercial retail accounts will automatically be enrolled unless they:
1. Choose to opt out as directed in the opt out notice sent to their ComEd billing address; or
2. Have already switched to another Supplier; or
3. Participate in the Residential Real-Time Pricing (RRTP) hourly-rate program
Residents will continue to receive one bill from ComEd to include the electric supply charges from Integrys Energy Services. ComEd will continue to charge for delivery. The way you pay your bill, such as budget billing or automatic payment will not be affected by enrolling.
- How can I enroll in the program?
During the initial two-week opt out period, you need do nothing if you have an eligible resident or small commercial electric account; you will automatically be enrolled unless you opt out. After the initial two-week opt out period, a ratepayer may enroll by simply calling Integrys at 855-668-3690 and asking for the Prairie Grove rate of 6.99¢.
- What is an eligible resident or small commercial account?
Any resident who is currently with ComEd and has not already switched to an Alternative Retail Electric Supplier (ARES) or who is not enrolled in a special Residential Real-Time Pricing (RRTP) program is eligible, and small commercial accounts are eligible. You must also have a residence or business located in the Village of Prairie Grove.
- What is a “small commercial account?”
A small commercial account is a commercial account that consumes less than 15,000 kWh per year.
- What if I don’t want to be in the program?
You may opt out before the program begins, at no cost. You may leave the program after it begins, also at no cost. Eligible resident and small commercial accounts will receive an opt out letter which they must sign and return within 14 days if they do not want to be in the program. Otherwise, they will automatically be enrolled. If you want to leave the program after having been enrolled, simply call Integrys Energy Services and to be moved back to ComEd or another supplier at any time. There is no early termination fee.
- I am located in Prairie Grove’s Village limit, and have already switched to another Supplier, but would like to join the program. Can I do this?
Yes. Contact Integrys directly at 855-668-3690 for information about how to enroll. We suggest you check your contract to review any early termination fees you may be liable for; you may wish to wait for your current contract to expire before enrolling in the aggregation program. You may join the program at any time during the three-year contract, for no fee.
- Why is the Village doing this?
A Municipal Electric Aggregation Program was approved by a simple majority in a 2012 voter referendum, which allows the Village to seek pricing from an alternate supplier for residents and small commercial accounts.
- Are other municipalities doing this?
Yes. Over 600 Illinois municipalities have established an aggregation program. Residents have enjoyed savings, flexibility and fixed rate stability versus the ComEd rate, which is re-set once or twice a year, yet can also vary from month-to-month. Millions of Illinois residents are enrolled in similar programs across the State.
- How can Prairie Grove get lower rates than ComEd?
The State of Illinois deregulated energy markets. Exelon is no longer the sole electric supplier as many new suppliers now offer electricity to residents. Deregulation and new technologies in electricity procurement have driven prices lower over the last decade.
- What is the current ComEd rate?
The effective ComEd rate for June 1 2014 through September 30 2014 is 7.596¢ plus a variable Purchased Electricity Charge. The rate will change in the fall of 2014, and the current estimate is 7.420¢ for the non-summer period commencing October 1, 2014. The rate includes two fixed charges (supply and transmission services) plus a variable charge, the Purchase Electricity Adjustment (PEA). To find the current rate visit http://www.pluginillinois.org/FixedRateBreakdownComEd.aspx. The ComEd Price to Compare can fluctuate month-to-month, depending upon the variance of the PEA charge.
- How will the new supplier’s rate compare with the ComEd rate under “Electric Supply Services” on my bill?
You will have one fixed rate that covers both electric supply and transmission services, and no other charge for that portion of your electric bill. You will not be charged a Purchase Electricity Adjustment by Integrys Energy Services.
- Will I get two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?
No. ComEd will continue to bill you for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers electricity, and will continue to bill you for that, but they no longer supply it. They will pass along the fees you pay for the supply of your energy to the new supplier. ComEd will retain the fees you pay them for delivery.
- Will that affect my ComEd electric service?
No. ComEd has not generated electricity since 2007. A government agency, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) has contracted your electric supply for you. Now you can choose a new supplier.
- Whom do I call if I have service problems?
Call ComEd with reports of outages or downed power lines at 800-334-7661. For questions about your supply, you can call the customer service number for Integrys Energy Services. This will be listed under “Electric Supply Services” on your ComEd bill.
- Will the new Integrys Energy Services rate change?
The rate is fixed for a three-year term. The Village can go back to bid for new rates when this term expires. You will automatically be included in the program again, or you can choose to opt out.
- I was on ComEd’s special space heating rate. How do I benefit?
The Residential Electric Space Heat rate ceased to exist in 2013, so your savings and benefits would now equate that of ratepayers in the non-space heat rate class.
- If I am automatically enrolled in the program now, can I leave the program at any time?
Yes, you can later leave the program and move your account back to ComEd or another ARES. There is no early termination fee to leave the program.
The First Energy Solutions rate contracted for residents of the Village is fixed at $0.0699 (or 6.99¢) per kWh for a term of three years.
- What is ComEd’s 12-month “stay” or “bundled hold” requirement?
Please note State Regulations that prohibit customers from switching accounts frequently. If your account was with an ARES and you moved back to ComEd more than two billing cycles (about two months), your account is placed in a “bundled hold” status, and may not switch to a new supplier for another ten months (total one full year).
If you are automatically enrolled in the Village’s aggregation program, and later switch back to ComEd, you must switch to a new supplier within two months or you will be subject to that 12-month bundled hold.
If you have never chosen a supplier and choose to opt out of the aggregation program, you are not under a 12-month bundled hold and may switch to another supplier at any time.
Integrys Energy Services, established in 1994, is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, with offices throughout the Midwest and in Illinois. Integrys serves over one million residential electric accounts in Illinois and has undertaken 69 electric aggregation programs with Illinois municipalities.
- I already have electric service with this supplier at a different rate. How can I join the aggregation program to get this new, lower rate?
Call Integrys at 855-668-3690 for information about how to switch to the more favorable rate negotiated on your behalf by the Village of Prairie Grove.
- I am enrolled in low-income assistance program. Will that be affected?
No. If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, that status will not change and you can continue to get these benefits for your ComEd bill.
- I’m on ComEd’s budget billing plan. Will that change?
No, you can stay on the budget billing plan.
- Can I still have my payment automatically deduced from my checking account as I do now?
Yes. The way you pay your ComEd bill will not change.
- What is the downside of the program?
Residents of municipalities that enrolled in aggregation programs over the last three years in the State of Illinois are reporting no negative issues and are generally pleased with the reduced rates on their electric bills. Deregulation of energy in Illinois has resulted in downward pressure on prices across the State.
- Will someone come to my home or call to sign me up?
No. You need do nothing to automatically be enrolled in the program. If someone calls or visits your home claiming to be the Village’s power supplier, please report such activity to Village Hall or file a complaint with the ICC at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint.
- Will ComEd’s viability be threatened by the loss of all these accounts?
No. Since 2007, ComEd no longer generates electricity, but is responsible for delivery of electricity. ComEd rates are delivery rates only. Your new supplier rates are for the supply services only.
- Will ComEd raise its rates?
ComEd must request a rate hike from State of Illinois regulators. No matter whom you select as supplier, it won’t affect whether or not ComEd increases its delivery rates.
If you stay within the Village limits, you can remain in the aggregation program. If you move outside of the area, you will not be subject to an early termination fee. Check your new community to find out if they have a municipal electric aggregation program for which you can sign up. New residents moving into the community after the program begins will not be automatically enrolled in the program, but may contact Integrys Energy Services to enroll, at no fee.
- How is the Village able to get competitive rates compared to the ComEd rate?
By combining the purchasing power of all residents and small commercial accounts, the Village of Prairie Grove was able to negotiate rates lower than residents can typically achieve when switching individually to a new supplier. Prairie Grove combined the purchasing power of resident accounts to negotiate a very favorable rate.
- Is my electric supply at greater risk now that deregulation has opened markets to many new suppliers?
No. By law, ComEd remains the Provider of Last Resort (POLR), so if there is an issue with securing electric supply, ComEd will be required to deliver it, regardless.
- Will my utility tax decrease?
The aggregation program will not impact your utility tax due. You are taxed on energy usage in kilowatt-hours, not the dollar cost of supply.
- Does the energy supply include any renewable “green” energy sources?
Yes. Your energy supply meets, at minimum, the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, which is nine percent for the Energy Year June 2014 to May 2015. Thus a portion of your electric supply is sourced from renewable resources such as solar and wind and may be represented through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
The Illinois Commerce Commission offers more information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org.
For specific questions about your own electric account, do not call Village Hall; call the Village of Prairie Grove’s aggregation program supplier, Integrys at 855-668-3690.
If you require additional assistance to resolve any issue, call NIMEC at 800-856-3404 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted within 24 hours regarding the issue.
To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, call ComEd at 800-334-7661.
The ComEd Price to Compare adjusts throughout the year; the current rate can be found at www.pluginillinois.org by adding the Electric Supply Charge and the Transmission Services Charge.
The Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA) is variable. The historical 36-month average is 0.330¢ per kWh. There is no PEA charge from Integrys.
Electricity Supply Price
Integrys Energy Services, Inc. Electricity Rate
6.99cents per kWh
A fixed electric supply price, measured in cents per kWh. It will begin at the August 2014 meter read date after ComEd processes your enrollment and continue until the meter read date in August 2017.
Contact Integrys Energy Services, Inc.
Integrys Energy Services, Inc.
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60606
For any additional information please contact Village Adminstrator Smith at 815-455-1411.