The City of Highland Park is part of the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium, a group of seven communities formed by the Villages of Deerfield, Glencoe, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, and Skokie along with the Cities of Highland Park and Lake Forest focused on securing affordable electric aggregation supply for its residents and small businesses. The Consortium selected Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2) to serve the Consortium with electric supply from October 2021 through October 2024. Each participating community within the Consortium is provided a Civic Contribution annually from MC2 which is used to meet sustainability and other goals and objectives established by each community. MC2 will provide eligible residents and small businesses with electric supply pricing equal to the monthly ComEd published tariff supply rate during the remaining term of the electric aggregation program.
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, throughout the tenure of the contract to those eligible residences and small businesses, providing information on the program and offering the option to opt-out by a date certain. Those who do not opt-out will be automatically enrolled in the program 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.
If you are currently participating in a community solar savings program, or will be in the future, this municipal electricity aggregation supply program will not impact your community solar program. The community solar generation credits provided by ComEd are independent of this aggregation program.
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?
Throughout the tenure of the contract eligible customers who have not already enrolled in the program will receive letters notifying them that they 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 or email HighlandPark@mc2energyservices.com or call (855) 697-0286, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.