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Unincorporated Areas of Marion County to Vote on Electric Aggregation in April Election

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Residents in unincorporated portions of Marion County will get to vote on electric aggregation on the April ninth ballot.   While only Ameren electric customers will be able to benefit from lower electric rates, those who are on the Tri-County Electric System will still be able to vote.  

Board member Louie Fogleman questioned government getting involved in utility issues and making decisions he feels residents should make on their own.  However, Good Energy official Javier Barrios says electric aggregation is about offering another choice that those impacted can chose not to participate.

"The real key to the program is the economy as a scale.  When you aggregate that many residents together, you've got power in numbers.  If an individual goes out and looks for rated on their own, they're going to be in that higher rate, but if they ban together and they bring back strength in numbers, then you're going to see what industrial commercial customers have gotten for years", said Barrios.  

Barrios notes they have been able to obtain the lowest residential rates in the state for those communities that approved electric aggregation in the past two elections.  Good Energy will be the county's consultant and will pay all costs to education the public about electric aggregation.  If the vote is successful, Good Energy will receive their payment through the successful bidder for electric service.   

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