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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Olney City Council plans next step on electricity

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  • Olney City Council discussed at its meeting Tuesday some of the action that needs taken following the approval on Nov. 6 of an electric aggregation referendum.
    The council decided when to hold two mandated public hearings that are part of the process to be complete by Nov. 29 in order to approve a plan of governance. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and then at the start of the council meeting that evening.
    The plan of governance is to give someone the power to sign a contract with the winning electrical supplier, which will take place on December 11 during a bid opening in Charleston.
    Regarding whether the city wants to use green or traditional energy, City Manager Larry Taylor said the vast majority of municipalities have decided to go with green energy.
    According to a page of the Plan of Operations, supplied by Taylor after the meeting, in the green option, "Electricity will come from 100 % renewable resources and will be provided in the form of a fully-bundled electricity product, presumably satisfied by using renewable Energy Certificate (RECs)."
    Taylor said that in listening to conference calls on the issue, there are no green-energy establishments in the state. He said municipalities would use certificates certifying they were using "green energy" or even just claiming they were using it.
    "It makes no sense to me," Foster said of opting for green energy, following Taylor's comments.
    Asked about the price difference between the two, Taylor said green was slightly higher than traditional energy.
    Brown agreed that the city should try to get the best value for residents.
    It was the consensus of the council to go with traditional energy.
    Regarding setting an administrative fee of one-tenth of a cent per kilowatt hour, Taylor said that based on discussions with Good Energy, this could come to $30,000 to $40,000. He said this is a ballpark figure, however, and the amount will also depend on how many people choose not to be in the program.
    Taylor said this is money that would go to the city and it could designate it for a project or put it in the General Fund, for example.
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