Edwardsville's Municipal Electric Aggregation Program was approved by voters in 2012 in a ballot initiative. Illinois law allows municipalities, counties and townships (with voter approval) to act on the behalf of residential and some small-business customers of electric utilities to arrange for the purchase of electricity supply.
Municipal Electric Aggregation Programs allow participating municipalities to work with an energy consultant to seek bids from "alternative retail electricity suppliers." Aggregating, or grouping, municipalities together leverages a large number of electric customers to seek savings via a fixed rate for the length of the contract period, typically up to 24 months. During that contract, your rate per kilowatt hour won't change, protecting you from rate hikes.
For the period that began in February 2023, the City and about 30 other participating municipalities contracted with Constellation NewEnergy, which was the sole bidder in this municipal electric aggregation process.
Constellation NewEnergy was chosen to be the electricity supplier, but Ameren will continue to service customers' accounts, distributing the electricity, providing bills, offering budget billing and ensuring power remains up and running. (The Municipal Electric Aggregation Program does NOT apply to electric utility co-op customers.)
Customers can opt out of this program by mail, phone or online at any time. However, by state law, anyone who opts out of a Municipal Electric Aggregation Program cannot return to it for 12 months.
At the start of any new contract period, everyone who is eligible for the program should receive a letter from the chosen provider - either an "opt-out" letter or an "opt-in" letter (for those who opted out of Municipal Electric Aggregation more than 12 months ago).