Natural gas aggregation being considered in central Illinois

By Alyssa Donovan

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Area residents may soon be able to benefit from municipal natural gas aggregation.

Good Energy is working with the Illinois Commerce Commission to purchase natural gas in bulk. Residents would then be able to purchase their gas from Good Energy at a locked-in, reduced rate or opt-out and continue their normal service.

Ameren is working to develop a billing system to support the aggregation.

Areas in Northern Illinois already have the opportunity to choose.

"We are inserting the municipal aggregation as a potential vehicle for mass switching and savings. Very much like the electricity programs that are currently in place," said Good Energy Managing Partner Charles de Casteja.

"We had a tremendous amount of success with our municipal electricity aggregation program working with Good Energy and the citizens and all the groups that kind of came out and passed the referendum and work through the opt-out prices and our citizens have been saving money because of it. So if we can see the same sort of opportunities on the natural gas side we would love to take advantage of it," said Peoria Assistant City Manager Chris Setti.

De Casteja said the goal is to have the option in place by April 2014.

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