County board hires electricity consulting firm

County board hires electricity consulting firm

URBANA — The Champaign County Board is hiring a company to provide electricity consulting services affecting unincorporated areas of the county.

The board voted 16-5 Thursday to enter into an agreement with New York-based Good Energy, L.P. to provide energy consulting services for the county.

Good Energy is the same firm previously hired by Urbana to provide energy consulting services.

The consulting firm will help the county find an electricity supplier for an opt-out electricity aggregation program in an effort to provide savings on electric bills.

Under the agreement approved on Thursday, Good Energy will be paid up to 0.00075 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity provided to the affected area, according to County Administrator Deb Busey.

The county board also voted to place a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking voters whether to give the county board authority to arrange for the supply of electricity of its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program.

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