Resident Letter Regarding the Village of Hinsdale Not Renewing the Electric Aggregation
The Village of Hinsdale established a municipal electric aggregation program in 2012 following the successful passage of a voter referendum. The purpose of the program was to help residents purchase electricity at rates below those offered by ComEd. The Village of Hinsdale's program was one of the most successful programs in northern Illinois, with the average participating household having saved over $1,000 on electric supply charges versus the ComEd default rate. On a community-wide basis, the program saved $5.2 million over the past three years. Savings will continue through the July 2015 meter reading, at which time the program will expire.
The Village has investigated the possibility of entering into a new electric aggregation program to replace the program set to expire in July 2015, but has not found a program that would provide any meaningful savings to residents. Thus, the Village will not be renewing the program. Residents that participated in the program have these two options:
- Do nothing and you will automatically be moved back to ComEd supply service. Residents enrolled in the Village's program will receive a ComEd "Confirmation of Drop" notice stating that their supply service will be switched back to ComEd. The notice will also state that residents will have two billing periods in which they may switch to another supplier, otherwise they will be required to remain on ComEd electric supply service for a total of 12 months.
- Visit www.pluginIllinois.org to compare prices and terms for other suppliers in ComEd territory. Please carefully review details, rates, and terms before enrolling with another supplier.
With the expiration of the Village's program, residents should beware of door-to-door solicitors, direct callers or direct mail pieces regarding electric supply and are advised to carefully review contract terms for floating rates or early termination fees. It is recommended that residents never release their account number to a solicitor under any circumstance, unless they have decided to move to that supplier.
In the future, the Village will continue to monitor the electric power market to determine if lower rates can be achieved by reinstating the Village's electric aggregation program. If a lower rate can be negotiated in the future, Village officials will inform residents of the updated rate before its implementation.
Residents with questions about the suspension of the electric aggregation program are invited to contact Assistant Village Manager Darrell Langlois at (630) 789-7014.
New Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released new Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The updated map and accompanying Flood Insurance Study are available online at www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata. FEMA has not provided any deadlines for comments to the preliminary plans at this time. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Village engineer, Dan Deeter, at 630-789-7039 or email@example.com.
Fire Hydrant Testing Notice
May 14, 2015
The Hinsdale Fire Department, in conjunction with the Hinsdale Water Department, will be flow testing fire hydrants throughout the Village during the upcoming weeks.
Residents are urged to slow down when approaching crews working around flowing fire hydrants, and to exercise caution when approaching standing and flowing water from fire hydrants throughout the Village.
This testing is being performed in accordance with the Insurance Service Office and the National Fire Protection Association to ensure that there is an adequate water supply for fire protection. If you would like further information, please call the Hinsdale Fire Department (630) 789-7060.
Oak Street Bridge Replacement Project
The Oak Street Bridge Project is underway. The Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project, which is projected to be substantially complete in December 2015. For detour and parking maps, click here.
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Innovative Parking Strategies for Hinsdale
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