DANVILLE — For the second time in a year, Danville voters approved electric aggregation, giving the city the ability to start its own program separate from the one already made available to city residents through the county.
By a vote of 2,122 to 871, city voters approved an opt-out aggregation program, which pools electric customers into a group that can negotiate a bulk rate for electricity. Municipalities must, by law, get voter approval to offer an opt-out program in which residents are automatically enrolled but can opt out if they want.
In the November election, Danville city voters were asked the same question, and the majority said yes to electric aggregation. But that was for the county's electric aggregation program administered through Integrys and was not an opt-out program for incorporated areas like Danville, Hoopeston, Georgetown and others. County officials hoped it could be an opt-out program in the cities and villages in the county, too, but the Illinois Power Agency ruled that out.
So, Danville city officials and other municipalities in Vermilion County are pursuing their own electric aggregation program that would automatically enroll all eligible Ameren electric customers in their incorporated limits, and getting voter approval was the first step, so electric aggregation was on the ballot in several Vermilion County cities and villages Tuesday night.
Besides Danville, 10 other cities or villages in Vermilion County voted on electric aggregation, and it passed in all of them. The only village where it was close was Fithian where 27 voted for aggregation and 25 voted against it. Totals for the rest are as follows. Georgetown 397 to 341; Hoopeston 529 to 305; Catlin 274 to 134; Fithian 27 to 25; Muncie 20 to 3; Oakwood 92 to 35; Ridge Farm 110 to 40; Rossville 216 to 122; Tilton 346 to 129; and Westville 511 to 248.