Following the passage of a March 20, 2012 voter Referendum, the Village of La Grange Park contracted to procure electric supply in bulk for residents and small businesses. The average participating ratepayer achieved $319 in savings on their power costs for a cumulative Village-wide savings over $1.26 million with the program that expired in 2014.
In 2018, the Village resumed its program with MC2 Energy Services (MC2). In this new contract, residents and small businesses always pay exactly the ComEd rate but enjoy the added benefit of 100% Green Power at no added cost to ratepayers or the Village. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are purchased and retired for the entire La Grange Park Green Aggregation Community. The program began in late 2018 and expires at meter read dates in November 2021. To learn how wind energy works, view this video produced by the EPA: www.tinyurl.com/GreenEPA.
The cost of serving each electric account varies greatly, depending on usage patterns. Some ratepayer accounts remained with ComEd supply service because the cost of generation for that ratepayer’s usage profile exceeds the ComEd rate. Others were switched to the new supplier, MC2, but all pay exactly the same ComEd rate for zero rate risk, including ComEd’s monthly variable PEA adjustment. ComEd continues to deliver the power, and continues to send one monthly bill, whether you are enrolled with MC2 or with ComEd supply.
Those ratepayers who received notice of their service being switched to MC2 and did not opt out, later received a notice from ComEd: “Electric Supplier Choice Confirmation,” indicating the switch to MC2 supply service. Customer Choice is the reigning theme for every ratepayer in Illinois; all may choose to participate or not; call may chose to select another supplier. Residents and small businesses may call MC2 with any questions about the program: 855-564-8129.
Once annually, notices are mailed to any new move-ins to the community. Those ratepayers, if they do not take action to opt out, will automatically be enrolled and will receive ComEd’s “Electric Supplier Choice Confirmation” a few weeks later.
Every eligible resident (those not enrolled in their own private contract) will pay the same ComEd rate. There is never an enrollment fee, an early termination fee, nor any added monthly fees.
To date, the program has reduced carbon emissions equivalent, on an annual basis, to 34 million pounds of coal being burned. The EPA has ranked the Village of La Grange Park the #2 municipality in the US in terms of percentage Green Power consumed versus total power consumed.
This program enables the Village to receive the designation of an EPA Green Power Partner Community. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists the following benefits of attaining designation as a Green Power Partner Community:
- Improved living and community environment
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants
- Demonstrated civic leadership
- Enhanced community image and increased citizen pride
- Achieves an objective of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ Greenest Region Compact 2