Residents Can Save with Electrical Aggregation

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in News, News Releases

Residents and small businesses can save an estimated $189 over the next three years as part of a successful electrical aggregation partnership with eight other area municipalities brokered by consultant Progressive Energy Group. The estimated savings is based on the assumption that the current Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) rate of 7.596 cents does not change over the next three years. Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching said the township had selected Direct Energy Services to supply its residents and small businesses with power for the next three years. Through this new agreement, participants will receive a fixed price of 7.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on electricity or they can opt-in to 100% renewable energy at a price of 7.45 cents per kWh. “We are pleased to offer residents and small businesses the chance to save a significant amount on their annual electricity bills,” Catching said. “We appreciate the work done by Progressive Energy Group in finding our customers a rate lower than Commonwealth Edison’s.” Residents and small businesses in the unincorporated areas will receive two letters describing the changes. The first letter will come from Aurora Township and Direct Energy Services explaining the program. ComEd will send out a second letter stating that the electric supplier will switch from First Energy, our current supplier, to Direct Energy. State law allows units of local government to seek bids from alternative energy suppliers for their residents and small businesses instead of ComEd, the local utility. In November 2012, voters approved a referendum that allowed Aurora Township to be one of the first Illinois townships to pursue electrical aggregation. The first electrical aggregation bid offered a $300 a year savings from ComEd prices and was set to expire in August 2014. The current energy market is much different with energy prices significantly higher than in previous years from both alternative suppliers and ComEd. Aurora Township joined forces with Big Rock, Cortland, Malta, Maple Park, Marseilles, Plano, Shabbona and Waterman for the new aggregation partnership. By combining with other local governments, the township reached a size where alternative energy providers would offer a rate lower than ComEd’s. Starting in September 2014, Direct Energy’s rate will be 7.2 cents per kWh. ComEd’s base rate will be 7.596 per kilowatt hour in the summer and is anticipated to be 7.42 cents per kWh in the winter. If ComEd’s rates dip below Direct Energy’s 7.2 kWh rate during the contract, Progressive Energy will notify township customers, who can opt out of the aggregation program at no...

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Aurora Township Concludes Another Summer of Youth Programs

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in News Releases

Aurora, IL – September 5, 2012 – As the days get cooler and the nights get longer, we look back at another fun and educational year of summer programming at the Aurora Township Youth and Community Center. The eleven weeks of summer youth programs began June 4th with local youth ages 7 to 17 participating in physical activities like aerobics, basketball, and soccer and creative activities like arts and crafts projects and workshops on puppeteering and performing arts. We also hosted an eight-week day camp where youth ages 6 to 12 explored the past on trips to the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, gazed into the universe at the Adler Planetarium, and investigated the ecosphere on field trips to Kane County’s forest preserves, Garfield Conservatory in Chicago, and Starved Rock State Park in Utica. Youth also participated in the Aurora Public Library’s summer reading challenge by reading for 30 minutes every day. Aurora Township partnered with Next Level Foundation to provide soccer camps to 247 youth under 7 year-olds to high school levels. Another 2 week soccer camp was held in partnership with East Aurora School District for 3rd through 5th graders in which 62 youth participated in. The camps focused on skills and drills, sportsmanship, and team building exercises. Our summer soccer league saw 66 teams compete in age rages from U7 through high school. Teams participated every Saturday for 21 weeks and had an end of the year tournament where they competed against each other for bragging rights and team medals. Between June 4th and August 18th, we served over 11,500 breakfasts and over 24,600 lunches at twentyone day camp sites as part of a summer food service program through the USDA. Over 75% of our summer camp participants were eligible for the free or reduced lunch program during the school year, so our food service program provided a nutritious meal to local youth throughout the summer months. The summer programs had to come to an end, but not before our grand finale: a fun-filled field day and bar-b-que luncheon with food, water balloon toss, pie-throwing contest, elephant bowling, and the breaking of piñatas. Our dedicated youth department staff let out a collective sigh of relief as they reflected on another exhilarating year of summer programming at Aurora Township Youth and Community...

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