The question of whether Niles (IL) should explore aggregation was backed by nearly 86 percent of voters in the April 9 election, according to acting Village Manager Steven Vinezeano. The ballot question asked whether the village should have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who do not opt out of such a program. The aggregation of electricity is combining customers to purchase electricity at a lower rate.
The village now can begin the process of soliciting bids, with rates compared to those of ComEd, and if the bids are cheaper, the village can sign an agreement with that provider. If a program is implemented, all residential and qualifying commercial customers will be switched over to the new electricity supplier unless they opt out. There would be no disruption in service, and ComEd would continue to deliver the electricity.View this News Release (external link)