Village of Bourbonnais Electric Aggregation Program
Following the passage of a 2013 voter referendum by majority vote, the Village of Bourbonnais contracted to procure lower cost electric supply for residents and small businesses. The Village recently renewed the program with the lowest bidder, Dynegy Energy, at a fixed rate of 6.974¢ per kWh for a three-year term from October 2017 to October 2020. There are no additional hidden fees, no monthly fees.
There is no enrollment fee to join, and no early termination fee to leave the program.
ComEd default base rate Oct 2017 to May 2018:
7.151¢ per kWh
Bourbonnais rate to October 2020:
6.974¢ per kWh
The ComEd rate is reset in June 2018 while the Bourbonnais rate remains fixed through October 2020.
Notices will be mailed August 10, 2017 with a response deadline of September 1. Residents who wish to remain in the program and who receive the opt out notice need do nothing to be automatically enrolled. Ratepayers who are enrolled with another supplier will receive an informative opt-in notice, and may choose to join at any time during the next three years by contacting Dynegy Energy at 844-351-7691 and asking for the Bourbonnais rate.
Again, all residents and small businesses will automatically be enrolled unless they:
- Choose to opt out as directed in the opt out notice; or
- Have previously switched to another alternative Supplier; or
- Participate in an hourly-rate program
Please note: No one will ever come to your home or call to enroll you in the Village’s program. Should you receive such a call from a person purporting to represent the Village, Dynegy, or ComEd, take the solicitor’s information and contact the Illinois Commerce Commission at their Consumer Services Division complaint line: 800-524-0795.
- How can I enroll?
During the initial three-week opt out period, you need do nothing if you received an opt out notice; you will automatically be enrolled unless you opt out. After the initial opt out period, any ratepayer may enroll by calling Dynegy at 844-351-7691.
- What is an eligible resident or small commercial account?
Any resident who is currently with ComEd and has not already switched to an Alternative Retail Electric Supplier (ARES) or who is not enrolled in a special Residential Real-Time Pricing (RRTP) program is eligible, and small commercial accounts are eligible. Your electric service address must be located within the Village limits.
- What is a “small commercial account?”
A small commercial account is a business account consuming < 15,000 kWh per year.
- What is the current ComEd default rate?
The base ComEd rate for October 2017 through May 2018 is 7.151¢ per kWh and includes a variable charge or credit, the Purchase Electricity Adjustment (PEA). For more information, visit http://www.pluginillinois.org.
- Will I receive two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?
No. ComEd will continue to bill you for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers electricity, and will continue to bill you for that, but they no longer supply it. They will pass along the fees you pay for the supply of your energy to the new supplier.
- Whom do I call if I have service problems?
Always call ComEd with reports of outages or downed power lines at 800-334-7661. For questions about your supply, you can call the customer service number for Dynegy. This will be listed under “Electric Supply Services” on your ComEd bill.
- If I am automatically enrolled in the program, can I leave the program later?
Yes, you can vacate the program at any time move your account back to the default ComEd rate service, or to another Supplier. There is no early termination fee to leave.
- What is ComEd’s 6-month “hold” requirement?
Please note State Regulations: If you move from the program back to ComEd for longer than two months, your account is placed in a “bundled hold” status, and you may not return to the Bourbonnais program until a full six months has passed.
- I am enrolled in low-income assistance program. Will that be affected?
No. If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, that status will not change and you can continue to get these benefits for your ComEd bill.
- I’m on ComEd’s budget-billing plan. Will that change?
No. If you are currently on the budget-billing plan, you will remain on that plan.
- Can I still have my payment automatically deduced from my bank account?
Yes. The way you pay your ComEd bill will not change.
- Will someone come to my home or call to sign me up?
No. You need do nothing to automatically be enrolled in the program. If someone calls or visits your home claiming to be the Village’s power supplier, please file a complaint with the ICC at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint .
- Is my electric supply at greater risk now that deregulation has opened markets to many new suppliers?
No. By law, ComEd remains the Provider of Last Resort (POLR), so if there is an issue with securing electric supply, ComEd is required to deliver, regardless.
- Is any of the energy generated from renewable “green” sources?
Yes. 13% of your energy consumption is sourced from renewable generation such as solar and wind via the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). 13% is the minimum currently required by the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard.
The Illinois Commerce Commission provides information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org. For questions about your electric account, do not call Village Hall; call Dynegy Energy at 844-351-7691.
If you require additional assistance, call NIMEC at 800-727-3820 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted within 24 hours regarding the issue. To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, always call ComEd at 800-334-7661.