To maximize the volume of electricity for which to bargain with suppliers other than Commonwealth Edison after three (Mike Tryon, Jack Franks and Pam Althoff) of four local legislators voted to allow Com Ed and Ameren to hike electric rates, the McHenry County Board is set to combine unincorporated consumption with that of various area municipalities.
The local villages and cities interested in joining together, according to a resolution set for approval are
- Lake in the Hills
- McCullom Lake
- Spring Grove
The plan is to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement to establish the Northern Illinois Governmental Electric Aggregation Consortium “to provide for a comprehensive and unified effort to facilitate joint action and intergovernmental cooperation for a joint project bid for an Electric Aggregation Program and to cooperate in the implementation of that Program.”
Government speak for bulk purchasing of electricity.
An area’s ability to participate in the attempt to lower electric costs will depend on voter approval on March 20th.