QUINCY -- Quincy aldermen heard the first reading of two ordinances Monday night that would keep Simec, LLC, as the city's consultant and continue the aggregation program that has locked in residential electrical supply rates since 2013.
Aldermen are expected to vote on the ordinances next week.
The city's aggregation contract with First Energy expires in February. Sixty-five percent of Quincy voters supported electric aggregation in November 2012, and the city locked in a price of 4.194 cents per kilowatt hour. Customers without a rate deal now pay an average of 6.2 cents per kilowatt hour through Ameren Illinois.
The program does not affect delivery fees, billing and maintenance, which are still provided by Ameren.
Residents have the right to opt in and out of the program at any time, and those who have already receive their electricity from another supplier are not included.
Reg Ankrom, president of Simec Illinois, said the firm plans to take 18 communities -- Quincy included -- to market to receive bids on electrical supply prices.
"We were grateful being selected," Ankrom said. "It was a smart decision, we like to think. We ask that we make another decision by reengaging us as your consultant for electric aggregation."
However, Kent Anderson, president of Anderson Consultants, said his firm was interested in becoming the city's aggregation consultant and was not given an opportunity to make a proposal.
"We feel that our 15-year history in working with industrial and commercial companies in Quincy, and many of the same energy suppliers as Simec, definitely qualifies us to request and procure the needed supplies for residential and small commercial customers in the city," Anderson said.
Aldermen also heard from Ambit Energy consultants Don Larson and Terri Cary, who encouraged aldermen to scrap the aggregation program.
Larson said the program was similar to the government telling residents where they should buy fuel or groceries.
IN OTHER ACTION
º The City Council agreed to vacate easements at Monroe School needed for the construction of the new elementary school at the site.
º Aldermen approved a resolution adding 826 Jackson, 2228 Sycamore and 1617 N. Second to the city's "fix or flatten" program.
º The council approved annual maintenance agreement with VMware through ETC Computerland for $4,504.