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City council approves energy aggregation bid

Rates still will go up, but the OK’d Dynegy bid would save average household $70

Morris City Clerk Carol Adair (left), Mayor Dick Kopczick and city attorney Scott Belt during Monday's meeting of the city council. The council approved a bid for power aggregation from Dynegy.
Morris City Clerk Carol Adair (left), Mayor Dick Kopczick and city attorney Scott Belt during Monday's meeting of the city council. The council approved a bid for power aggregation from Dynegy.

MORRIS – The average energy consumer in Morris is going to save about $70 next year after the Morris City Council voted to accept a bid from energy supplier Dynegy at its meeting Monday.

Although prices will go up, Mayor Dick Kopczick said the Dynegy bid would result in it going up less than if the city had gone with ComEd.

The aggregation program began in 2011 after the city passed a referendum. Energy users in the city are enrolled automatically in the program, but can opt out if they choose at no cost.

Next year, according to the city’s consultant, ComEd’s default rate is going to be 7.75 cents per kilowatt hour. Dynegy’s proposed rate is 7.102 cents per kilowatt hour.

“Dynegy was by far the most aggressive,” Kopczick said.

The rate will go up because the city opted to lock in at that rate for three years.

In years past, the council authorized the mayor to make the deal after numbers came in, but Kopczick said the timing allowed the council to see the bids and discuss the deal. Fourth Ward Alderman Bill Martin suggested locking in the rate for three years.

“I think it’s going to go up in the three years,” Martin said.

The vote passed, with all council members present voting for it.

In other business, the Morris City Council tabled a request from Brent Mitchell representing Shine Fest, to close off Northern Avenue during the Liberty Arts Fest over concerns that closing the entire stretch of road could be a safety hazard.

The council plans to bring it up at the next meeting with the closed section amended.

The council also approved:

• A request Apple Butter and Shugie’s to close seven parking stalls in front of the store for its annual Fair Garden during Liberty Arts Fest

• A request from Dan Hanson and Bill Burnham to use Old Stage Road Fremont Avenue and Lisbon Street to travel to Chapin Park during a tractor ride from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15

• A request from Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers to block various streets near White Oak Elementary to for their annual Corn Festival 5K Run and Wellness Walk on Sept. 29.

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