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Time Extended to Sign Up for Cheaper Electric

Jan. 31 is now the new deadline for Joliet residents and small businesses to enroll in a city-negotiated program to save about 33 percent a month on electric rates.

The city of Joliet's electric rate reduction offer has been extended until Jan. 31, offering anyone who failed to take advantage a second chance to save an average 33 percent on their electric bills.

Joliet partnered with the Will County Governmental League to negotiate a discounted kilowatt rate by buying purchasing electricity in bulk through FirstEnergy Solutions. However, participants must "opt in" by accepting the offer by mail, phone or online in order to receive the savings.

Residents and eligible small businesses were sent a letter in late December explaining the electric aggregation program and providing a form that was to be filled out and completed by Jan. 15. Under the extension, it can now be returned by Jan. 31, a city press release said Tuesday.

Applicants can also call 877-635-0494 or go online at www.fes.com/joliet to enroll by the same date. The applicant's ComEd account number is required for the latter two options.

The deal keeps rates locked in for two years. However, the fee to leave early and return to ComEd or a different electricity supplier is only $25.

ComEd will continue to to do the billing and will handle all service and outage calls, regardless of the electric provider. There will be no interruption in service, and the only change will be the name of the electric provider listed on the bill mailed by ComEd, city officials said.

The Will County Governmental League negotiated the lower rate on behalf of 21 communities, many of which received approval to implement the lower rate on their residents' behalf via a ballot referendum approved last year.

To see a copy of the letter sent by FirstEnergy Solutions on the city's behalf, go to www.cityofjoliet.info.

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Grandma Says January 23, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I changed electricity providers over 18 months ago. I still receive my bill from Com Ed and if my electricity goes off I still call Com Ed. I still pay my bill to Com Ed who puts my electricity provider on my bill and the charges. I only make out one payment a month to Com Ed and they pay my electricity provider. For these 18 months, I've saved $30 to $40 a month on my electrical bill. It makes no sense to me why any residents of Joliet would turn this down unless they have no need for an extra $30 to $40 a month.
Joliet Common Sense January 23, 2013 at 02:32 PM
If you are receiving Fire and Police coverage from Joliet as well as water, sewer, etc. then you are 100% a Joliet resident. Your taxes go to the city of Joliet, not Plainfield. A mailing address is simply something distributed by the post office. So yes, this applies to you as a Joliet resident.
Joliet Common Sense January 23, 2013 at 02:37 PM
They do not produce any energy these days. ComEd buys energy from the market and then charges you. They love this program because they don't have to chase down people not paying their bills as well. This should be an easy decision. You may opt out for $25 (very minimal) and I will just about guarantee that ComEd will never offer a rate lower than a secondary supplier. Taken directly from ComEd web site: https://www.comed.com/about-us/municipal-aggregation/Pages/default.aspx "Customers who switch to another supplier will see no change in their electricity delivery service from ComEd. ComEd will still deliver electricity to every home and business in Northern Illinois, no matter the choice of supplier. ComEd’s process for prioritizing restoration after service interruptions, such as storms, will remain the same. ComEd does not generate any electricity. The company’s role is to deliver electricity to every home and business in Northern Illinois. For customers who get electricity supply from ComEd, the company buys electricity in the competitive wholesale market and passes it through to customers at cost. ComEd is not financially impacted when customers choose to buy their electricity from alternative suppliers because ComEd does not make money on the electricity itself. ComEd has always supported electricity competition as a way to provide customers with greater choice and money-saving opportunities. Competition keeps rates low."
John Roberts January 23, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Me I would rather deal with different companies,,if com Ed pays the bill to the city then why not just pay com Ed? And how long does the price stay the same? How long until City of Joliet says "we need to raise the price" and not com Ed?..then what? What kind of back door legislation is the politicians of Joliet going to be passing to hike up your bill more than it would be normally?..I trust Com Ed before I would the city of Joliet...just go down to the court house and listen to some of the bull crap they pull on people...knowing it is just to keep bail money...Will County,Joliet...too corrupt if I could I would go back to the well I had..instead of getting it from City of Joliet..How about the sanitary and water system they are building for "Out of city " houses and charging an "Out of City" charge..now correct me if I am wrong but when your hooked up to a "City" system does this not make you annexed into the city? Other wise what makes you annexed? But still going to charge "out of City" tax tax to the residents...we all know thats bull crap but that's the Joliet Politicians nature to try and word things where the city just gets to ream your pockets,and do it legally..like everything else the price starts out good then skyrockets,rather keep utilities separate from each others..
John Roberts January 23, 2013 at 02:48 PM
now this is just an example: In Casey Il,they pay the city $600 a month for utilities,it's just one bill,you can't pay it all you get all of your stuff shut off,they wil try a payment plan but if you fail to keep up,you know because the economy is just doing great,they shut off all of your utilities..just like Comcast does here when you get all of your services in one..Kind of the "not put all of your eggs in one basket" kind of deal

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