Opt-out deadline is Thursday for electric aggregation program

PAXTON — Residents and small businesses have until Thursday, Jan. 3, to opt out of the city of Paxton’s electric aggregation program.

Those who do not opt out will be automatically enrolled in the program.

Integrys Energy Services, a Chicago-based alternative retail electricity supplier, has entered into a 16-month agreement with the city to supply electricity to all eligible Ameren Illinois customers who do not opt out of the program.

Letters informing residents and businesses of their right not to participate in the program were mailed to 1,472 residences and 134 businesses on Dec. 21.

There are three ways to opt out: (1) by visiting a website, integrysenergy.com/il-paxton; (2) calling a 24-hour toll-free number, 1-855-875-9837; or (3) returning a post card that is mailed with the opt-out letter.

Residents and small businesses who wish to participate need to do nothing. Participants should see an average monthly savings of $20 or more on their electricity bills starting in March.

Integrys will supply electricity at a rate of 4.024 cents per kilowatt-hour, down from Ameren’s current nonsummer rate of 5.467 cents for residential customers and 6.188 cents for small businesses.

The program is expected to be implemented the first week of February, with the Integrys supply charge reflected on power bills in March. Ameren will still do the billing for accounts participating in the program.

Paxton citizens voted 869-744 during the Nov. 6 general election to allow the city’s proposed electric aggregation program to move forward.

Through aggregation, communities combine households and small businesses into a buying group, resulting in increased buying power for electricity and more competitive prices.

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