MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AGGREGATION
Municipal Electric Aggregation (MEA)
MEA is the result of a 2010 law that allows Illinois municipalities to purchase electricity for residents and small businesses in their community. It allows the municipality to pool the electric supply of residents and small businesses and then seek bids from retail electric suppliers (RES) on the open market for an electric rate for its pooled MEA members.
The MEA 2010 law requires municipalities to give residents and small businesses an opportunity to opt-out of municipal MEA programs. If they choose to opt-out, they can purchase electricity at the default rate or they can contract directly with a RES. These are the same choices that residents and small businesses would have if either there was no MEA or a municipality decided to not continue their MEA program.
On the “Plug In Illinois” website, is a list of retail electric suppliers that residents/small businesses could contract with to purchase electricity. The suppliers offer a variety of plans which include renewable energy, fixed/variable electricity rates, and different contract term lengths.
City of Champaign MEA Program
In March 2012, the referendum giving the City authority to establish a MEA Program passed 5,206 vs. 2,866. Homefield Energy is the City’s MEA provider for the contract term July 2016 to July 2018. The City’s Plan of Operation and Governance describes how the City intends to operate its MEA Program. For this term, the City will offer MEA members two supply options: a Traditional Power option, where the energy is supplied through traditional generation sources with the state-mandated level of renewable energy; OR a 100% Renewable Power option, where 100% of the energy is covered by renewable energy sources.
The electricity rate for the Traditional Power option is $0.05408 per kWh and the rate for the 100% Renewable Power option is $0.05485 per kWh. Both are all-inclusive rates, guaranteed until October 2017.
Effective November 2017 the electricity rate for the Traditional Power option is $0.05257 per kWh and the rate for the 100% Renewable Power option is $0.05334 per kWh. Both are all-inclusive rates, guaranteed until July 2018.
As with previous City MEA programs, there are no enrollment, switching, or early termination fees.
If you have questions or need additional information about Municipal Electric Aggregation or Homefield Energy, please visit dynegy.com/homefield for FAQ’s and community specific information. Homefield Energy Customer Care is available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at 866-694-1262 or via email at HomefieldCustCare@Dynegy.com.
You can also contact the City of Champaign Public Works Department Customer Service staff, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 217-403-4700, via email at PublicWorks@champaignil.gov.
Receipt of complaints.
The City of Champaign has received calls from Champaign residents and small business owners about aggressive and misleading phone and in-person solicitations being made by other energy providers and alternate residential suppliers. Any claims made by their representatives that they are confirming enrollment into the City’s program, that time to act is limited, and/or that Ameren account information must be provided to enroll in the program are false and should be disregarded. The City will never contact residents in this manner. Citizens should never compromise their security by providing Ameren account information to anyone unless you intend to enroll in an alternate program of your choosing.
Complaints about any aggressive behavior may be filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission Consumer Services Division by phone 800.524.0795 or online at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint or with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 800.243.0618 or http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/filecomplaint.html. You may also call the Champaign Public Works Department at 217.403.4700. Citizens can also report aggressive in-person solicitations to the Champaign Police Department at 217.351.4545.