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.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am interested in Green Energy Alternatives. Are there any electric suppliers I can choose from which offer Green Power?
Based on City staff research conducted in Summer 2015, there are several retail electric suppliers who could provide high percentage Green Energy alternatives to residents of the City of Champaign. Those suppliers include:
- Ambit Energy – (877) 282-6248 – http://ww2.ambitenergy.com/
- Clearview Energy – (888) 987-6050 –
- Direct Energy – (844) 687-4519 –
- Homefield Energy – (866) 694-1262 – http://www.homefieldenergy.com/
- ILG & E – (866) 705-7291 – http://www.usgande.com/markets/illinois/
- Realgy Energy Services – (877) 300-6747 – http://realgyenergyservices.com/
- Tara Energy – (855) 275-8272 – http://www.justenergydeals.com/signup/0/
You may also contact any of the other retail electric suppliers listed on the ICC Plug-In Illinois website (http://www.pluginillinois.org/Suppliers.aspx) to inquire about any Green Energy programs they may offer.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions, please contact the City’s Public Works Department at 217.403.4700. Public Works Customer Service is available Monday through Friday,
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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.