Residents power up questions over electrical aggregation

A few dozen Quincy residents turned out to learn more about electrical aggregation.

Monday night, two Quincy aldermen held a question and answer session about a proposal that could mean lower electric rates for residents.

Reg Ankrom a consultant with energy consulting firm SIMEC, Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks and an Ameren representative were on hand to answer questions.

Quincy has joined other communities in putting an electrical aggregation measure on next week's ballot.

If voters approve the proposal, another company would be able to supply electricity to a community or area using Ameren power lines.

Residents would have an option of opting out if the measure passes.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to opt out," Quincy resident Jerrame Butler said. "I believe there are other options. I kind of agree with a lady in the crowd-if we go through aggregation and then six months in, they decide no one else is gonna offer energy, you can't opt out now, then they're going to raise the prices, and that intimidates me."

There were quite a few questions about next week's ballot proposal at Monday night's meeting.

If you did not attend but have questions, you're encouraged to contact your alderman.