MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS)- Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens is addressing energy aggregation and some of the confusion surrounding the topic.
He says the state has enacted legislation which empowers municipalities with the right to negotiate electricity rates on behalf of its residents and small businesses located within its jurisdiction.
Municipal aggregation uses collective bargaining power of residents to negotiate lower electricity supply rates from alternative suppliers, according to the mayor. He says this creates purchasing power resulting in electric prices much lower than any that an individual customer could get on their own.
Stephens says there has been some confusion created by independent suppliers going door to door and telling residents they have a permit with the city. He says residents don't have to sign up for the program and the independent suppliers don't have a contract with the city.