City of Zion Electric Aggregation
Background: Following the passage of a voter Referendum, the City of Zion contracted to procure electric supply in bulk for residents and small business owners. The average participating Zion resident enjoyed savings on their ComEd bills for a number of years.
The City is renewing our program with Dynegy Energy for a two year term to July 2023 at the fixed rate of 6.179¢ per kWh. The current ComEd rate is 7¢ per kWh (plus or minus a one-half cent variable). There is no enrollment fee, miscellaneous fee, nor any early termination fee, should you ever choose to leave the program during the two year term.
Notices will be mailed to all residents and small businesses on May 14.
- Ratepayers receiving the opt out notice will automatically be enrolled at the fixed rate of 6.179¢ unless they take action to opt out. They may opt out by returning the post card included with the letter, calling Dynegy at 844-351-7691, or emailing DESCustCare@Dynegy.com.
- Ratepayers receiving the informative, opt in notice will need to call Dynegy Energy at 844-351-7691 and provide their ComEd account information if they wish to participate. There is no fee to join. They will not be automatically enrolled because they:
- have previously switched to their own supplier in a private contract; or
- participate in ComEd’s hourly-rate program (RRTP); or
- have their own solar panels installed for a net metering program
Please note: Ratepayers enrolled with another alternative supplier may wish to check their rate. They may sign up for the City rate of 6.179¢ with Dynegy, and per law, cannot be charged an early termination fee to leave their current supplier contract.
- Expected savings: the rate is lower than the current ComEd base rate, which is 7.0¢ per kWh from June 2021 to May 2022 (The ComEd rate has a monthly variable portion which could be a credit or debit up to one-half cent per kWh.)
- No hidden fees, no additional monthly fees, no early termination fee
- Maximum flexibility to join or leave the program, and never an enrollment or switch fee
No one from Dynegy, ComEd, or the City will ever visit your home or call you to enroll. If a solicitor claims to be the City supplier, Dynegy, or ComEd, take their information and report the incident to the ICC at www.icc.illinois.gov/complaints. Never reveal your ComEd account number or allow a solicitor to view your ComEd bill unless you are certain you wish to enroll with that supplier and have read all terms and conditions.
Electric Aggregation Program FAQs
- How can I enroll?
During the initial three-week opt out period you need do nothing if you received an opt out notice; you will automatically be enrolled unless you opt out.
- I have switched to another Supplier, but would like to join. Can I do this?
Yes. Call Dynegy at 844-351-7691 and provide your ComEd account number. Effective Jan 1, 2020, no supplier may charge a termination fee to switch.
- What is the current ComEd rate?
The annualized base ComEd rate through May 2021 is 7.0¢ per kWh, and a monthly variable Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA), which can be up to +/- 0.5¢. For more information about the ComEd rate, visit pluginillinois.org.
- Will I get two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?
No. ComEd continues to bill for electric supply, delivery and taxes. ComEd delivers Electricity, and will continue to bill you, but they no longer supply it.
- If I am automatically enrolled, can I leave the program?
Yes. You will never be charged a termination fee.
- I am enrolled in a low-income assistance program. Will I still receive those benefits?
If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, your status will not be affected.
- Does the program impact my ComEd budget billing or auto-payment plan?
No. The way you pay your ComEd bill does not change.
- What happens if I move?
If you remain within the City limits, call Dynegy to re-enroll at your new address. Residents moving into the community may participate by calling 844-351-7691.
- Is the energy generated from any renewable “green” energy sources?
Yes. Your power consumption is offset by the State of Illinois Renewable Portfolio minimum requirement for RECs (Renewable Energy Credits), which are the sole currency of the green energy market. That minimum requirement is currently 17.5% of power consumed.
For specific questions about your own electric account, do not call City Hall; call the City of Zion’s aggregation program supplier Dynegy Energy at 844-351-7691. If you require additional assistance, call the City’s energy consultant, NIMEC at 800-727-3820 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted by NIMEC within 24 hours regarding the issue. You may also email sdurling@NIMEC.net with your specific question.
The Illinois Commerce Commission provides additional information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org. To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, always call ComEd at 800-334-7661.