Philo to decide on municipal aggregation

PHILO — Village officials will decide at their next meeting whether to move forward with municipal electric aggregation.

At the Jan. 9 meeting, trustees will decide whether to put on the April ballot a referendum asking voters if they are willing to let the village government negotiate with retail electric suppliers for their rates. Trustee Pat Pioletti said a representative from Good Energy, a New York consulting firm that works with electrical aggregation, is expected to attend the meeting.

Pioletti said at this week's meeting that households and small businesses could save an estimated $25 per month. He said there would be no cost to the village.

Good Energy would conduct a public education campaign prior to the election. The village would provide the company with a complete list of residents' addresses for mailings.

Pioletti said there would be at least two specific opportunities for residents to "opt out" of participating in the aggregation if it's approved. He noted that a number of other local government entities are contracting with Good Energy.

"That puts us in the largest possible pool," Pioletti said. "Even if it (the referendum) fails, we still don't pay for their services."

In addition to the aggregation, Good Energy would provide separate electricity rate bids for the village's facilities.

The resolution to put a question on the ballot would need to be in the county clerk's office by Jan. 22.

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