The fallout from November's referendum on electric-supply "aggregation" is landing in Crawford County mailboxes.
Most Crawford County residents this week began receiving a mailing marked "Official notice: MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PROGRAM." In it are a six-page letter and a yellow card.
This envelope represents the ability to save $150 to $175 a year on a home's electricity bill, according to Good Energy. After the November vote, the firm arranged a deal for Hutsonsville, Oblong, Palestine, Robinson and unincorporated Crawford County to bundle their electricity purchases.
The municipal aggregation program is intended to pull together the buying power of the homes in the area to negotiate on a similar level to larger businesses, Good Energy said in a press release.
Ameren will still service the lines, poles and other electrical infrastructure of the community. But the electricity that runs down those wires will be provided by Homefield Energy.
Residents will see the same bill as before, said Samantha Hager, communications executive with Homefield Energy. There will be an added line on the bill, she said, that shows the supplier is Homefield.
The rate per kilowatt-hour is from 3.9 to 4.1 cents a kwh, based on the contracted rates. Ameren Illinois, the previous supplier, was charging 5.4 cents a kwh in December.
As a result of the agreement, all residents are assumed to join in to the program and switch to Homefield. Those who want to opt out of the program can fill out the yellow card that comes in the letter and mail it in.
If they opt out, their service will remain with Ameren Illinois and they will not receive the lower prices in the Homefield Energy agreement. There is no fee to opt out. But there would be a fee to leave the agreement after it goes into effect Jan. 16.