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Elmhurst chooses electricity aggregation supplier

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:37 a.m. CDT

ELMHURST – The city of Elmhurst recently chose Constellation to supply electricity for the city's aggregation program at a rate of 7.51 cents per kilowatt per hour.

The rate compared favorably to ComEd's summer 2014 residential supply rate of 7.596 cents per kilowatt per hour. ComEd rates for delivery services will continue to apply in addition to all applicable taxes and other charges, according to a city news release.

The fixed rate will be applied from September 2014 through August 2017. The agreement also gives Elmhurst a cleaner power supply that includes only 14 percent coal-produced power as opposed to the current mix, which is 44 percent coal, the release stated.

Residents and small business customers will also automatically receive 50 percent renewable energy through Renewable Energy Certificates. The credits reflect energy produced by renewable sources such as wind farms, the release stated.

Although all ComEd customers will see an increase in their electric bills, an Elmhurst residential customer using 900 kWh per month may save $30 to $35 per year on average over the most current ComEd rate for the electricity supply portion of their electric bill, stated the release.

This week, Elmhurst and Constellation began mailing a notice to eligible customers that provides them a chance to opt out of the program and pay the ComEd supply rate.

Elmhurst customers who have already changed electricity suppliers but want to join the program will need to contact Constellation for an individual agreement but will retain the same rate, terms and conditions of the aggregation program, the release stated.

There are no early termination fees if customers choose to leave the program at any time. To explore all alternative supply options, visit www.pluginillinois.org.

For more information, call Constellation at 1-800-718-1493 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit home.constellation.com/optout.

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