Rockford's electric aggregation plan is designed to reduce customer's power bills, but, many people want their questions answered before deciding to opt-out.
A community meeting at St. Anthony of Padua church brought reps from ComEd, FirstEnergy Solutions, the city of Rockford, and the Citizens Utility Board, to explain the plan to potential customers.
"It's really no different than if you go to a clothing store, and in one store you've got one pair of jeans, and in another you have the exact same pair of jeans, and they're a different price. It just depends on what they're choosing their mark-up to be." -says FirstEnergy rep Denise Berolatti.
Rockford ComEd customers received a letter last week, most likely from an Akron, Ohio address, outlining the terms of the agreement they'll be entering into with FirstEnergy. If you received the letter, you're automatically qualified to participate in the program. If you're signed up with an alternate supplier, no letter was sent. Terry Tandy, a resident at the meeting who uses an alternative supplier, said this point should have been more clearly explained.
"They said if you have an alternative energy supplier, you're not automatically signed up, and I said 'But, I want to be signed up,' and they said 'Well, then we have to sign you up,' and I don't think people know that." -says Tandy.
If you got a letter, and don't want to participate, complete the form at the bottom of the letter, and mail it back by August 6th. But, if you stay in the program, watch for results soon.
"Their September billing, they should see a change in their bill." -adds Berolatti.
If you're signed up with an alternative energy supplier, didn't get a letter, but want to switch, there are a few steps to follow. First, check the terms and conditions of the agreement you signed, to make sure there's no termination fees or other penalties. Then, contact FirstEnergy directly and enroll by phone. The number to call is 1-866-636-3749.
If you missed Tuesday's meeting, there's another one Thursday night, at the Booker Washington Center, at 6 p.m.
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