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Galvin Electricity Initiative Applauds Illinois Communities for Approving Community Choice Aggregation


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May 1, 2011

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GALVIN ELECTRICITY INITIATIVE APPLAUDS ILLINOIS COMMUNITIES FOR APPROVING COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION
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CHICAGO — Following approval by residents via a referendum on the April ballot, 20 communities throughout Illinois are moving forward with procuring lower cost, cleaner and more efficient electricity on behalf of their residents. This process is referred to as community choice aggregation (CCA), which was authorized through innovative legislation. The Galvin Electricity Initiative, a consumer advocacy non-profit leading the way toward system transformation, has worked with cities, consumer groups and the Illinois Institute of Technology to establish standards and model processes for maximizing consumer benefits.

“Aggregation — a sort of Groupon for electricity purchasing — is a critical step toward putting power in the hands of the people when negotiating with suppliers for better pricing plans,” said Initiative Deputy Director John Kelly. “Communities are simply adding electricity to the list of services already managed by cities like garbage and water. These CCA programs offer consumers real cost savings at the local level by reducing costs, waste and pollution.”

The Initiative has worked with the Village of Oak Park where nearly two-thirds of the voters approved a CCA referendum, creating an opt-out program for moving residential accounts to purchase power in bulk from lower cost suppliers. The other Illinois communities passing CCA referendums in April include Campton Hills, Crest Hills, Elburn, Erie, Fox River Grove, Glenwood, Grayslake, Harvard, Lincolnwood, Milledgeville, Morris, Mount Morris, New Lenox, North Aurora, Oak Brook, Oregon, Polo, Sugar Grove and Wood Dale.

The City of Fulton, which passed an aggregation referendum in 2010 is the first city to sign a new electricity supply contract for aggregated power, saving residents about 15 percent of current costs (1₵/kWh). ComEd still handles the bills and enables consumers to switch from buying power through the Illinois Power Agency to buying through a supplier of their choice.

In an effort to coordinate a national network of organizations, agencies and individuals involved in the energy aggregation, the Initiative earlier this year supported a report on CCA best practices from around the country — Forming a National Community Choice Aggregation Network: Feasibility, Findings and Recommendations. The report was based on meetings and interviews with key CCA stakeholders and energy experts in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and California. To review the complete report, visit: www.galvinpower.org/sites/default/files/Community_Choice_Aggregation_Report_Final_1-4-11.pdf.

The Galvin Electricity Initiative was launched by former Motorola CEO Robert W. Galvin to transform our electric power system into one that is reliable, efficient, secure, clean and meets the needs of 21st century consumers. In 2011, the Initiative continues to spark a migration toward a consumer-driven electric power system that is based on quality leadership. The goal is to promote grid modernization through policy reform and the development of Perfect Power smart microgrids that place top priority on serving consumers and businesses with reliable, high-quality, clean power. For more information about the Galvin Electricity Initiative, visit www.galvinpower.org, “like” the Initiative on Facebook (www.facebook.com/galvinpower) and follow the Initiative on Twitter (http://twitter.com/perfectpower).
 
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