Municipal Electric Aggregation
Municipal Electric Aggregation (MEA)
MEA is the result of a 2010 law that allows Illinois municipalities to purchase electricity for residents and small businesses in their community. It allows the municipality to pool the electric supply of residents and small businesses and then seek bids from retail electric suppliers (RES) on the open market for an electric rate for its pooled MEA members.
The MEA 2010 law requires municipalities to give residents and small businesses an opportunity to opt-out of municipal MEA programs. If they choose to opt-out, they can purchase electricity at the default rate or they can contract directly with a RES. These are the same choices that residents and small businesses would have if either there was no MEA or a municipality decided to not continue their MEA program.
On the “Plug In Illinois” website, is a list of retail electric suppliers that residents/small businesses could contract with to purchase electricity. The suppliers offer a variety of plans which include renewable energy, fixed/variable electricity rates, and different contract term lengths.
City of Champaign MEA Program
March 2012, the referendum giving the City authority to establish a MEA Program passed 5,206 vs. 2,866. Homefield Energy is currently the City’s MEA retail electricity provider. Homefield’s electricity rate is $0.05926 per kWh with 25% renewable energy. Their current contract expires July 2016.
After a competitive bid process by the City, Homefield Energy was again selected as the City’s MEA provider for the contract term July 2016 to July 2018. For this term, the City will offer MEA members two supply options: a Traditional Power option, where the energy is supplied through traditional generation sources with the state-mandated level of 11.5% renewable energy; OR a 100% Renewable Power option, where 100% of the energy is covered by renewable energy sources. The electricity rate for the Traditional Power Option is $0.05408 per kWh and the rate for the 100% Renewable Power option is $0.05485 per kWh. Both are all-inclusive rates, guaranteed until July 2018. As with previous City MEA programs, there are no enrollment, switching, or early termination fees.
Homefield Energy will be mailing MEA enrollment letters on May 13, 2016, to all City of Champaign residents and small businesses. If you do not want to participate, you can choose to opt-out by returning the opt-out card enclosed with the enrollment letter by June 3, 2016. If you want the 100% Renewable Power option (Green energy), you will need to contact Homefield Energy at 866-694-1262 or via email at HomefieldCustCare@Dynegy.com and request the 100% Renewable Power option or “Green” energy option. If you want the Traditional Power option, you do not need to do anything. You will be enrolled automatically. Approximately 30 to 45 days after enrollment, you will receive your first bill with your new Homefield Energy price.
If you have questions or need additional information about Municipal Electric Aggregation or Homefield Energy, please visit www.HomefieldEnergy.com for FAQ’s and community specific information. Homefield Energy Customer Care is available 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday at 866-694-1262 or via email at HomefieldCustCare@Dynegy.com. You can also contact the City of Champaign Public Works Department Customer Service staff, 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Fridayu at 217-403-4700, via email at PublicWorks@ci.champaign.il.us, or visit the City’s website at ci.champaign.il.us/mea
Frequently Asked Questions
Receipt of complaints.
The City of Champaign has received calls from Champaign residents and small business owners about aggressive and misleading phone and in-person solicitations being made by other energy providers and alternate residential suppliers. Any claims made by their representatives that they are confirming enrollment into the City’s program, that time to act is limited, and/or that Ameren account information must be provided to enroll in the program are false and should be disregarded. The City will never contact residents in this manner. Citizens should never compromise their security by providing Ameren account information to anyone unless you intend to enroll in an alternate program of your choosing.
Complaints about any aggressive behavior may be filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission Consumer Services Division by phone 800.524.0795 or online at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint or with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 800.243.0618 or http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/filecomplaint.html. You may also call the Champaign Public Works Department at 217.403.4700. Citizens can also report aggressive in-person solicitations to the Champaign Police Department at 217.351.4545.