ComEd Electric Aggregation Program

At the May 15, 2014, Village Board of Trustees meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to return to Commonwealth Edison as the Village’s energy supplier after bids from energy companies through the Electric Aggregation Program did not prove competitive with ComEd’s current pricing.

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The Village Board of Trustees would like to stress to citizens that, although residents will see a jump in their electric bill pricing, this rate is the lowest and most competitive rate currently available in the market.

The Village Board plans to revisit the Village’s energy supplier annually to review competitive rates since the Village is not locked into a contract with ComEd.

Residents who do not wish to utilize ComEd as an energy supplier have the option to individually choose their own provider. Those who are currently in the Municipal Electric Aggregation Program for Lombard will receive a letter in the mail from ComEd. Those who choose to select an alternate energy supplier should wait to arrange for a switch until they receive this letter in order to avoid a $25 termination fee from First Energy. This letter will state the effective date of the move back to ComEd and that the resident has the opportunity to switch to an alternate supplier within the next two bill periods.

The Village’s current aggregation agreement with First Energy expires in July 2014. The Village Board of Trustees reviewed electric supply bids on April 3 that were much higher than the bid received in March 2012 and chose to rebid at later date after ComEd published new rates. The second bids were received on May 15, and as noted earlier, were not competitive with ComEd rates. Although ComEd’s rates are seeing a 21 percent increase from their current rates, the companies that competed through the Electric Aggregation Program are seeing rates that are even higher because of the current state of the market.

Currently, the entire Northern Illinois area is looking at much higher electric rates this summer. When the aggregation programs started two years ago, power rates were at 10 year lows, and the Village was able to take advantage of that low pricing. The aggregation program that began in 2012 with First Energy has saved residents an estimated $3.36 million in total, or $246 per household during the first 15 months of the program. Since then, electric rates have been increasing, as the U.S. economy has gradually strengthened. is an excellent website to visit for more information on electric choices and prices to compare.

Residents should beware of direct calls, mailings, and door to door marketing. The Village does not send people door to door or call residents to sign up for energy suppliers. Door to door marketing requires a solicitor’s permit. The Village highly encourages residents who choose to select their own energy provider to initiate first contact with the provider after comparing all rates and options.

Residents with questions related to the current contract can call First Energy at (888) 651-5200 or NIMEC at (800) 727-3820. If a resident calls NIMEC, they should leave their question and call back number and they will be contacted within 24 hours. Anyone with additional questions regarding the Electrical Aggregation Program can call Assistant Finance Director Jamie Cunningham at or (630) 620-5910.

Municipal Electric Aggregation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)