Westville puts electric aggregation on ballot

Westville puts electric aggregation on ballot

WESTVILLE — Residents will be able to vote in April to decide if they want to join an electrical-aggregation effort that may reduce their energy bills.

Westville Village Board members voted this week to place a referendum on the ballot concerning electrical aggregation, where large groups of customers bundle together in order to negotiate lower energy rates.

Last month, the board heard a presentation from Jerod McMorris, an energy consultant with Good Energy of Peoria, about allowing Westville residents to purchase electricity through the company.

If a majority of Westville residents vote to join with the company, they would become members of Good Energy's municipal aggregation. McMorris said that individuals can opt out of the aggregation but estimated that many Westville residents would save between $20 and $30 each month on their energy bills.

In other business, the board voted to begin a program to reduce the sewer bills of residents who water their gardens or yards, fill their pools or wash their cars.

Residents will be able to purchase a separate water meter from village hall and record the water usage through exterior faucets. Residents will still be charged for their water, but any water recorded on the meter will be reduced from the amount of water reported to the Westville-Belgium Sanitary District, which uses water usage to determine its bills.