Electric Aggregation

In 2012, the Village of Riverside implemented an electric aggregation program after residents approved a referendum question, with 75% support,  directing the village to purchase electricity through electric aggregation.

In the early years of electric aggregation, Riverside was able to procure lower electric rates than those offered by ComEd. In more recent years, the main advantage of the electric aggregation program has been that it allows the village to ensure all residents receive 100% green energy through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits. This preference for green energy furthers the village’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Every few years, after a competitive bidding process, the village enters into a new contract with an electric aggregation supplier. This allows the village to ensure residents are getting the best value for 100% green energy in a constantly changing energy marketplace.

In October of 2020, the Village entered into a three year contract with MC Squared Energy Services.  The village chose MC Squared Energy Services because the company ensures 100% Renewable Energy Credits to all residents at the lowest rates, and the company provides a $10,000/year Civic Contribution to the village.

Notification Provisions

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Unlike prior contracts, the intricacies of the energy marketplace are such that under the new contract, the village was divided roughly into two equal groups. One group receives its electric supply from MC Squared Energy Services, and the other group receives its electric supply from ComEd. In either case, MC Squared Energy Services will purchase Renewable Energy Credits for all accounts in those two groups. There is a third, very small, group of residents who have made independent arrangements with either ComEd or some other alternative retail energy supplier. For those residents, they will have to decide whether to remain with their current choice or opt into the electric aggregation program with MC Squared Energy Services.

In connection with this change in suppliers, two different letters were mailed out to residents. About one-half of residents received a letter on 8 ½ X 11 sized paper, and the other half of residents received a letter on 8 ½ X 14 sized paper.

The letter on 8 ½ X 11 sized paper is an opt in letter that informs you that your current supplier is ComEd and that if you don’t want ComEd you may opt in and choose MC Squared Energy Services instead.

The other letter is an opt out letter. In this case, you are already enrolled with MC Squared Energy as your supplier and you will receive your electricity from them unless you opt out and say you want to receive your electricity from ComEd.

So, there are four possible scenarios:

If you got the opt in letter, you may either 1) Do nothing and stay with ComEd or your currently chosen supplier; or 2) Choose to opt in with MC Squared Energy Services.

If you got the opt out letter, you may either 1) Do nothing and stay with MC Squared Energy Services; or 2) Choose to opt out and return to ComEd.

Under all of the above scenarios, all residents will receive 100% green energy through Renewable Energy Credits and pay exactly the same rates except for residents who have chosen a supplier other than MC Squared Energy Services or ComEd. These latter residents will receive electricity and rates per their contracts with their chosen suppliers.

No Changes in Your Billing

You will continue to receive 1 monthly bill from ComEd. You will still be eligible for the same programs you are eligible for now through the utility, such as Budget Billing, payment agreements and energy efficiency programs. The only change may be the supplier noted on your ComEd bill.

Opt-Out Instructions

If you choose not to participate, you can elect to be removed from the program by calling 888-508-0299 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or emailing: Riverside@mc2energyservices.com.

Please note that you also have the option to purchase electricity supply from a Retail Electric Supplier (RES) or from ComEd pursuant to Section 16-103 of the Public Utilities Act. Information about your options can be found at Illinois Commerce Commission website. You may request from the Illinois Power Agency, without charge, a list of all supply options available to you in a format that allows comparison of prices and products.