Election could determine the cost of your electric bill
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:16:36 GMT —
Your electric bill could drop after election day. On Tuesday, voters in Quincy, Carthage, Coatsburg, Columbus, Mount Sterling, and Pittsfield will see something called municipal aggregation on their ballot.
Municipal aggregation allows an alternative energy supplier to provide a community with electricity, using Ameren Illinois' power lines.
Reg Ankrom is a consultant with SIMEC, an energy consulting firm. He believes the average homeowner's electric bills would drop as much as 34 percent if communities approve aggregation.
Quincy Tea Party president, Dan Musholt opposes municipal aggregation. Musholt says this gives the government too much power and leaves the opportunity for a surcharge in the future. He says if people want a lower price, they can negotiate with Ameren as opposed to giving the power to the city.
Quincy fourth ward alderman Mike Farha is holding a question-and-answer session about municipal aggregation and how it would impact the city Tuesday night. It starts at seven at the Knights of Columbus in Quincy.