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Village of Berkeley Electrical Aggregation Program

Village of Berkeley Electrical Aggregation Program

No one from MC Squared, ComEd, or the Village will ever visit your home or call you to enroll. If a solicitor claims to be the Village supplier, MC Squared, or ComEd, take their information and report the incident to the ICC at www.icc.illinois.gov/complaints. Never reveal your ComEd account number or allow a solicitor to view your ComEd bill unless you are certain you wish to enroll with that supplier and have read all terms and conditions.

In 2014, Berkeley voters approved a Referendum allowing the Village to procure electric supply in bulk for residents and small business owners via an Opt Out Electric Aggregation Program. Any ratepayer may participate.

 

At the June 21, 2022 meeting, the Village Board adopted an ordinance authorizing the Village to execute an Extended Term to the May 28, 2020 Power Supply Agreement for an Electrical Aggregation Program with Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services for 24 months ending September 2024. This program is provided at zero hard cost to the Village, and zero added cost to the ComEd rate for any ratepayers. All participants will pay exactly the ComEd rate.

 

The ComEd rate recently increased to an annualized 9.762¢ per kWh, but a new Carbon-Free Energy Resource Adjustment credit, most recently in the amount of 4.306¢ per kWh, tempered some of the effect of that price spike. The Carbon credit came about as a result of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in 2021. That credit is listed under Delivery charges on the ComEd bill.  

 

For more information about what makes up the ComEd rate, visit www.PlugInIllinois.org. To discover the current month’s ComEd rate, visit www.ilagg.com/the-comed-rate.

 

Around March of 2023, a new opt out notice may be mailed to some residents in the Village. Ratepayers receiving an Electric Aggregation Notice will automatically be switched to be served electric supply by MC Squared and will pay exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable PEA, unless they take action to opt out. They will receive a “Confirmation of Change in Electric Supplier” notice from ComEd several weeks later. Ratepayers receiving an Electric Aggregation – Opt In Notice will not be automatically enrolled, but may follow instructions to enroll if they choose. Should you have any questions about the program, please call the Village’s consultant, Illinois Aggregation Consultants at 312-751-2202.

 

Whether you are currently enrolled with MC Squared or with ComEd, via the program, the net effect is identical to all residents. All pay exactly the same monthly ComEd rate.

Program Benefits:

  • Guaranteed at the ComEd rate.
  • No hidden fees, no additional monthly fee
  • Maximum flexibility to join or leave the program, and never an enrollment or switch fee
  • Benefit to the community is a civic contribution at zero added cost to village and its residents which the Village plans to use for aesthetic and recreational projects in the community
  • Last year, the Village received designation as an EPA Green Power Community

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll?

Call MC Squared at 877-831-0304 or visit www.mc2energyservices.com/special and enter promo code: Berkeley  

 

When does the program start?

The initial Electrical Aggregation Program began September 2020 and the current contact continues to September 2024.

 

I am located within Berkeley, have switched to another Supplier, but would like to join. Can I do this?

Yes. Contact MC Squared at 877-831-0304 or visit www.mc2energyservices.com/special and enter promo code: Berkeley. Effective Jan 1, 2020, no supplier may charge a termination fee to switch.

 

What is the current ComEd rate?

The annualized base ComEd rate through May 2023 is 9.762¢ per kWh, and a monthly variable Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA), which can be up to +/- 0.5¢. For more information about the ComEd rate, visit pluginillinois.org. To find this month’s rate, visit www.ilagg.com/the-comed-rate.

 

Will I get two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?

No. ComEd continues to bill for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers Electricity, and will continue to bill you, but they no longer supply it.

 

If I am automatically enrolled, can I leave the program?

Yes. You will never be charged a termination fee.

 

I am enrolled in a low-income assistance program. Will I still receive those benefits?

If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, your status to receive those benefits will not be affected by your enrollment in this program.

 

Does the program impact my ComEd budget billing or auto-payment plan?

No. The way you pay your ComEd bill does not change.

 

What happens if I move? 

If you remain within the Village limits, call MC Squared to re-enroll at your new address. Residents moving into the community may participate by calling 877-831-0304.

  

Will I save money on this program? 

No, but you are guaranteed never to pay more than the ComEd rate. ComEd supports community aggregation programs.

 

Will this cost me more money?

No, there are no fees to you or the Village. ComEd continues to send one bill and the way you pay your bill will not change. The rate will always remain the ComEd rate. ComEd is still responsible for all outages.

  

The Illinois Commerce Commission provides additional information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org. To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, always call ComEd at 800-334-7661.