BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington and other area community voters will be asked April 9 whether they’d like their local governments to bundle Ameren customers’ electricity needs to attract the lowest-bidding supplier.

The referendum for an electric aggregation program will appear on ballots in Bloomington, Clinton, Fairbury, Gridley, Pontiac, Streator and unincorporated parts of DeWitt, McLean and Woodford counties.

Bloomington and Normal voters rejected a similar measure in March 2012, but Normal voters weighed in again during the November election and approved the measure.

Now, Normal residents who are Ameren customers and have not opted out of the electric aggregation program are subject to electricity rates of $0.0409 per kilowatt hour through June 2014. That’s lower than the $0.054 rate through Ameren Illinois, which is scheduled to change rates again in June of this year.

Residents may opt out of the program but otherwise are automatically enrolled.

Many of the area municipalities where the referendum is being considered next week have hired Good Energy to help educate residents and guide the local government through the bidding process if voters approve the program.

Though residents may opt out of the program without a fee early on, Good Energy managing partner Charles de Casteja said it has been rare in communities where electric aggregation already has been approved.

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