Monday, July 16, 2012
Huntley Homes Receiving Aggregated Electic Power
"Officially the date was supposed to be July 20 but it depends on when (ComEd) actually read the meter," said Anna Biconic-Moeller, spokesman for the Northern Illinois Governmental Electric Aggregation Consortium which organized aggregation programs for Huntley and four other McHenry, Kane and DeKalb county communities. "I think we're the first in northern Illinois," she said. "Some communities haven't even picked a supplier yet."
Huntley Management Assistant Barb Read said residents haven't noticed any change in their electricity. "I've probably had calls every five minutes all week from people saying, 'I don't know if I want this.' I've told them, 'You probably already have it,'" she said.
In fact, it would be remarkable if consumers noticed a difference during the switch since, from a technical standpoint, nothing's really changed. Residential power is still delivered to Huntley homes through ComEd lines. Those still hook up to the regional power grid including northern Illinois. Power generators in 13 states still dump generic electricity into it to meet demand from grid operator PJM. So changing local power suppliers is less about opening and closing giant switches than simply making some new bookkeeping entries in the back office.
Huntley's new power rates are a little over 4 cents per killowatt hour, something like three cents per KWH less than the rate under the old regime. "When I've told (residents) it's already happened, almost all of them thought it was great," said Read.