Beginning in October, the City of Highland Park in conjunction with other members of the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium will launch the State of Illinois's largest price match electricity program. The Consortium, which also includes the City of Lake Forest and the Villages of Deerfield, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, and Skokie, recently selected Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC to serve the Consortium with electric supply through October 2024. For this effort, the six participating communities will generate $1.6 million in total funding over three years at no additional cost to utility ratepayers. Each participating municipality will be provided a civic contribution annually which can be used to advance sustainability initiatives or support broader community goals established by each community.
Since 2009, Illinois state law allows municipalities to arrange for alternative suppliers to provide electricity to their residential and small commercial retail customers. This process is known as electric load aggregation. Aggregation is essentially seamless for the customer because ComEd continues to be responsible for billing, electricity delivery and customer service.
Official notices will be mailed, per state regulation, the week of August 10 with more information about the program. Different letters will be mailed to residents depending on their current electric service with ComEd, serving as informational only, offering the option to opt-in to the program, or offering the option to opt-out. There are no fees/charges to take any action to participate or remove your household from the program. The rate for supply with MC Squared Energy Services in the City of Highland Park Electric Aggregation program will always match the ComEd monthly tariff rate. This rate is a variable rate, as it could change monthly. Participants’ residential or business billing will not go down, but will match the published ComEd monthly rate.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is electric aggregation?
Since 2009, Illinois state law allows municipalities to arrange for the provision of electricity to residential and small commercial retail customers by alternative electric suppliers (i.e. suppliers other than ComEd). Under this law, the municipality may seek bids for the provision of aggregate electric supply services to their residents and small businesses.
What are the primary benefits of the program?
• Help support community goals and objectives
• No price risk; electric supply price is equal to ComEd published rates
• Residents and small businesses may opt out at any time
Who is eligible to participate?
Eligible residential requirements: All residents located in Highland Park that are receiving electric supply service from ComEd are eligible to participate.
Eligible business requirements: All small businesses located in Highland Park that are receiving electric supply service from ComEd, with a ComEd designated annual usage of 15,000 kWh or less, are eligible to participate.
How is enrollment handled?
Customers receiving this letter will be enrolled automatically to receive electric supply from mc2 unless they choose to opt out by following the instructions in the letter. Additionally, a “change in supplier” letter from the Utility will be sent confirming enrollment in the City of Highland Park Electric Aggregation Program.
What is the electric supply price for the program?
The price will be equal to the ComEd monthly published rate including the Published Purchased Electricity Charge, Transmission Service Charge and Purchased Electricity Adjustment charge. This price can change month to month. For more information on the historical rate from the last 12 months, visit www.mc2energyservices.com/IL/HistoricalPricingPTC/P.
Is there an early termination fee?
There is no termination fee; you are only obligated to pay for services rendered under the contract until your service is terminated. You may cancel at any time by contacting mc2.
How will I be billed if I'm enrolled?
You will continue to receive a single bill from ComEd each month. “MC Squared Energy Services” will be designated as your supplier in the “Supply” section of your ComEd bill. ComEd will continue to bill you for distribution services and taxes. Payments should still be sent to ComEd at the address provided and how you pay your bill will not change. There is no impact to ComEd services such as Budget Billing, Peak Time Savings and/or financial assistance.
Will my electric service be disrupted when I switch?
No, there will be no disruption in service. You will continue to receive the same electric service through the same transmission and distribution system currently operated by ComEd. The switch to mc2 is seamless.
What are Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)?
The City of Highland Park may use some or all of the civic contribution generated by your participation to purchase RECs on behalf of the community. A REC represents the environmental benefit of 1 megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable energy that can be paired with electricity. The RECs will be from a renewable generation location located within the Midwest; including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
Who should I contact regarding problems with my electric service?
ComEd will continue to be responsible for the delivery of service to you, power outages and all emergencies, regardless of your electric supplier.
What happens at the end of the program term?
At the end of the term, if the City of Highland Park decides to end the program, all accounts served by mc2 will be returned to ComEd service or the City may select a different supplier to administer the program.
Who is MC Squared Energy Services?
MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2) is a certified, retail electric-service provider headquartered in Chicago. MC Squared Energy Services, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolverine Holdings. For more information on the company, visit www.mc2energyservices.com.