Kathleen Weaver and the Darien City Council
Electric Aggregation Referendum Question
On December 19, 2011 the Darien City Council passed an ordinance asking residents if they would choose to have the City of Darien arrange for residential electrical supply. Several other communities have passed similar ordinances and saved residents money on the supply of electricity on their bill. Commonwealth Edison would still maintain the poles, wires and physical infrastructure in the community, but the City of Darien would allow several companies that generate power to bid for the pricing on the electricity itself.
Even if the referendum passes, Darien is not obligated to switch suppliers. The referendum simply gives the municipality the right to solicit competitive bids. Once the bids are received, then the City Council will decide if it is in the best interest of the residents to move to the lower cost supplier. Residents will have a few chances to opt-out of the aggregation program, but must do so before the City service begins. Residents will receive notice from ComEd informing them of the opt-out period, who to contact, and how they must communicate their intention to opt-out.
More information, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.darien.il.us or by calling Scott Coren at (630) 353-8104.