Good Energy passes in area

Adam Larck

Starting in early- to mid-summer, Eureka, Metamora and Germantown Hills residents can expect to start saving on their electricity bill.

The Good Energy referendum passed in all three communities on March 20.

In fact, according to Charles de Casteja, the managing partner with Good Energy, the bill passed in many areas throughout Illinois.

“It’s a great story for those guys,” de Casteja said regarding the referendum passing for energy savings.

Locally, only Bloomington, Normal and El Paso did not pass the vote. In total, five communities voted no.

Eureka passed the vote by 65.47 percent, Germantown Hills by 59.35 percent and Metamora by 65 percent.

de Casteja said that the communities that passed the vote will be put into a large buying group, with bidding going out to companies in a few weeks.

“The expected savings will be about 25 percent, so it will be significant,” de Casteja said.

After the bid is accepted, the opt-out period will begin in May. During this period, whoever the winning supplier is will send out mailings to all residents explaining the savings they will offer while giving a chance to opt-out.

The accounts that do not opt-out will be transferred to the new supplier between June and July.

The first bill that Ameren sends out will also give people a second opportunity to opt-out, if desired.