BLOOMINGTON — Several Pantagraph-area communities, including Bloomington, have approved taking part in opt-out electric aggregation programs.
Approving the question in Tuesday’s election were Bloomington, Clinton, Fairbury, Gridley, Pontiac and unincorporated Woodford County. The question failed in Streator and unincorporated areas of DeWitt, McLean, Woodford and LaSalle counties. It passed in the city of Bloomington by a vote of 4,517 to 3,888. In McLean County, the measure failed, 1,515 to 1,222.
The program allows municipalities to bundle Ameren customers’ electricity needs to attract the lowest-bidding supplier. Where approved, customers may opt-out if they wish, but otherwise they are automatically enrolled.
Bloomington voters rejected a similar measure in March 2012 with 59 percent voting against it. Normal voters at that time also rejected such a measure but later approved it with 54 percent of the vote in November.
Proponents said aggregation would save customers money on their electric bills. Opponents considered the measure an unnecessary government intrusion.