Electric Bill Rates Reduced for Winnebago County Residents?

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Millions of dollars in savings and cheaper electric bills for all who live in Winnebago County.

That's the goal for a plan that would allow local governments to shop for the lowest rate for electricity which could save individual households hundreds of dollars a year.

Loves Park Mayor Darryl Lindberg says, "We have seen anywhere from 10 to 30 percent savings in their electrical costs each month, so it's really a no brainer as far as a good thing to do."

But before these negotiations occur, Winnebago County, plus each city and village must vote to approve the new program. Once voters have decided, all approving communities will get together, forming one search for the cheapest electricity rates

"From what we've seen so far, it looks like a very good option. It could save us significant dollars and let’s face it...in the energy business, it's all about volume. The more volume you have the cheaper price you can negotiate", says Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen.

An average of more than $14 million could be saved county-wide under the new program; half of that amount would come from Rockford alone. The community leaders we spoke to say they feel there are not many negatives to the proposal and that everyone wins in this money saving venture

“You always look for the loopholes to see what the hidden detractors would be, besides that, we're just very excited for the program because it seems as if it's too good to be true”, says Machesney Park Administrator Tim Savage.

An opt-out clause for residents not wanting to be a part of the program would be available. Businesses and residential properties which have pre-existing contracts with electric companies would also be excluded.

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  • by Big Bopper Location: West End on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    A little off subject, but could someone tell me the formula for figuring the per therm price for natural gas. As of 9:00 PM Sunday 11-20-2011 the wholesale per therm price for natural gas is in a range of .30 to .33 cents according to the Bloomberg web site. Looking at my November bill I'm paying .48 cents per therm. Are they allowed a .15 to .18 cents per therm profit? Can someone answer this question?
  • by Jerry Location: Loves Park on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    Want to lower electric rates? Have Loves Park eliminate the Electric utility tax that they add on to everyones bills. Also, we're going to depend on the same people who practice deficit spending to save us money? Come on - wake up people!
  • by LoginsNana Location: Rockford on Nov 20, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    The track record for this City and County has never been to save us money. If they get their hands on our electric bills it will only be because they have found a way to make money for themselves.
  • by Adam Ebner Location: Cleveland, OH on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    Deregulation is a good thing. Take a look at how energy deregulation has helped many businesses and families in Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc that have seen major drop in rates thanks to a competitive energy market. There was not enough rules set in place when California originally deregulated. Visit http://EnergyDeregulationNews.com for more articles and information on deregulation.
  • by Linda Location: Rockford on Nov 20, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Enron, how soon we forget. To our leaders-I'm all for saving money, but I need to see more proof, rather than just accept that my local leaders know what's good for me. Also what will stop com-ed from increasing it's delivery fee so that we aren't saving money on one end only to pay more on another?
  • by gary on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    Remember ENRON they screwed the people of california on a similar plan.
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