The Town of Normal recently selected MidAmerican Energy to serve as its Electric Aggregation Program supplier. MidAmerican, which will replace Constellation Energy, was selected in competitive process and was chosen because they provided the best overall value. As with previous suppliers, Normal residents have the option to participate in a program that provides energy cost savings. The contract with MidAmerican, locks in rate of 4.98¢ per kilowatt hour for the term of June 2018 through June 2020. MidAmerican also offers a “green” energy option available at a rate of 5.07¢ per kilowatt hour for the same 24-month duration. These rates are lower than the rate currently provide by Constellation. There is no enrollment fee to join, added monthly fees, and no early termination fee to leave this program.
The aggregated rate is available to Ameren Illinois customers; Normal residents served by Corn Belt Energy, an electrical cooperative, are not eligible. All Ameren residential and some small business customers should be receiving an “opt out” letter from MidAmerican. Customers who do not want to participate in aggregation should return the opt out form to MidAmerican. Customers who do not return the form will receive a second notice from Ameren Illinois giving them an additional opportunity to opt out of the program. Normal customers who choose not to opt out should experience the new MidAmerican energy rates in June with savings reflected in the July electric bills.
For additional questions please consult the FAQs or contact MidAmerican Energy directly at 1-800-342-3346.
Opt Out LettersMidAmerican Energy, the Town's aggregation energy supplier, recently distributed "opt out" letters to eligible residential and small business customers in the Town of Normal. The aggregation program provides participants with stability in their energy expenses and additional opportunity for cost savings. The Town of Normal program, approved by voter referendum in 2012, is an "opt out" program that automatically combines the electric demand of residential and small business customers. For residents wishing to remain enrolled in the aggregation program, no further action is required. Residents new to aggregation should be aware that aggregation only impacts the supply portion of your energy bill, Ameren Illinois will continue to deliver and bill for electricity.
While participation is not mandatory, individuals not wishing to participate in aggregation may "opt out" by simply returning the form or contacting MidAmerican directly at 1-800-342-3346. Click here to view a sample letter. If you miss the opt out deadline you will receive a letter from Ameren Illinois notifying you of the change in your energy supply and you will have the opportunity to opt out at that time.
You can lean more about aggregation by visiting the following websites:
Notice About Potential Electric Aggregation Scams
From time to time the Town receives reports about aggressive and misleading door-to-door solicitation activity by alternative energy suppliers. These companies are not affiliated with the Town's electric aggregation program.Any claims made by a solicitor that they are confirming enrollment into the Town's program, the time to act is limited, and/or they must see your utility bill to verify account information is false and should be disregarded. This is a scam. Residents should never feel pressured to take immediate action or compromise their safety by providing their utility account information to anyone unless they are certain they wish to enroll in an alternate program of their choosing.
Solicitors operating in the Town of Normal are required to register with the Town of Normal Police Department and provide proof of permit when operating in the community. If you encounter a solicitor claiming to falsely represent the Town of Normal or the electric aggregation program, you should ask to see a valid permit, document the individual’s name, and contact the Town of Normal Police Department at (309) 888-5030.
As a reminder, all communication regarding the aggregation program is done through mail. If you believe you have been misled and signed up for an alternative energy supply program, please contact Eric Hanson at (309) 454-9503 for additional assistance.
Please click the link below for additional information and guidelines regarding solicitors operating in the Town of Normal.
Door to Door Solicitors and Peddlers
Frequently Asked Questions
- When was aggregation approved?
Normal residents approved electrical aggregation in the November 2012 General Election. As of this April, 602 Illinois communities, counties, and townships now take advantage of energy cost savings through aggregate electrical use. Electric aggregation offers residents a convenient option to manage energy costs by locking in a competitive rate for a 24 month term.
- Is participation mandatory?
Residential rate customers will have two opportunities to “opt out” of the program. The chosen electrical supplier, and the existing supplier, Ameren, will each contact eligible customers by mail to offer the opportunity to opt out of aggregation at no charge. Opt out notices will be provided to all eligible participants before the program begins. Residents who opt out of the program will reamin on their current supply choice, whether that is Ameren Illinois Basic Generation Service (BSG), Power Smart Pricing, or RES supply.
- Will I receive two electric bills?
Residents will continue to receive a single electric bill from their current provider, Ameren. Residents with a budget bill paying plan will remain on the plan. The only difference residents will see on their bills will be the rate and the listing of the new supplier’s name.
- What part of electricity bills will this program affect?
Electricity bills have three cost components – transmission, distribution, and supply. Municipal aggregation changes only the supply component of your bill. Through aggregation, approximately 50% to 75% of the electricity bill will be impacted. The other components, transmission and distribution, will not be affected. Click Here to learn more about your Ameren electric bill.
- Why did the rate decrease?
The new rate reflects changes to the energy market that have occurred since the previous contract with Constellation Energy was approved. The current rate reflects the best available bid by a responsible bidder.
- Why do I have to opt out?
The referendum passed by voters in 2012 approved an “opt out” aggregation program. The opt out program automatically combines the electric load for residential and eligible small businesses for purchasing purposes except for those customers who actively choose not to participate in the municipality's or county's purchase program.
- How do I opt out?
In order to be excluded from the aggregation program you will need to fill out and return the opt-out notice you receive from MidAmerican. You may also Call MidAmerican directly at 1-800-342-3346 to opt out of the program.
- Am I eligible to participate in aggregation?
Town of Normal residents residing in areas served by Ameren Illinois are eligible to participate in aggregation. Residents may use this link to verify if their property is eligible to participate in the Town's aggregation program.