residents curious who will be the village's electricity supplier and how much they will be paying could have some answers by the end of the day Thursday.
The Will County Governmental League's consortium for electricity aggregation meets Thursday, July 19, to go over and vote on a specific supplier, said Frankfort Village Administrator Jerry Ducay. The group, , represents 20 Will County communities in trying to negotiate cheaper electricity rates.
If a supplier is chosen, the electricity rates also should known, Ducay said. Although he couldn't guarantee Thursday's meeting would result in the group deciding on an electricity provider, Ducay said it was fairly likely.
"There are 20 members and a lot of votes, but I'm highly confident that they'll decide on a rate and a supplier," he said.
After an electricity provider is chosen, it should take about 30 to 60 days to implement the switch from ComEd to the new provider, Ducay said, adding that the change will happen at once on a consortium-wide level, and not community by community. That time frame puts the village on schedule to be with a new supplier by September with the new rates being reflected by Oct. 1, he said.
As the date to pick a new supplier has drawn closer, more residents have been contacting village officials with questions about electricity aggregation, Ducay said. Frankfort residents have the ability to opt out of the county consortium choosing their electricity supplier and can negotiate new rates on their own. That means other electricity providers have been bombarding residents with mailings in recent months, trying to convince them to go with them, Ducay said.
For the most part, though, villagers simply want to know where things stand with Frankfort and aggregation, he added.
"It's more just curiosity," Ducay said about residents' questions. "They want to know what's going on."
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