METRO EAST (KMOV.com) -- Many in the Metro East are at risk of losing out on a way to cut their electric bill. It could happen if they don’t understand the vote they’ll take in two weeks that would allow their community to buy electricity in bulk.
This is an issue at risk of being overshadowed by the presidential race, plus it’s an issue called “electrical aggregation,” which sounds complicated.
But the measure could net savings of up to $150 a year for homeowners and if voters don’t get it, they won’t push yes in the voting booth.
News 4 is looking at what cities are doing to make sure voters understand.
Granite city is one of about 10 communities, along with the unincorporated areas of Madison and St. Clair counties voting on whether electricity for homeowners and small businesses will be bought in bulk.
Granite City voters turned down the idea once and the city knows why.
Eric Robertson is an attorney advising the city.
“Because people didn’t understand it, they decided to ‘do no harm’ and voted it down,” he said.
So Granite City is showing a short video at the city movie theatre explaining and using flyers and a website too.
All Belleville residents are getting information in the city’s newsletter, in flyers and the city’s website.
But so far the results are mixed.
“I’ve heard of it and voting for it,” said one resident. “Never heard of it,” said another.
The bottom line is it’s like shopping and buying in bulk—you get a discount. In this case it’s communities buying electricity in bulk and homeowners getting up to a 25% reduction in their bills. Even after a community might vote for it, if an individual homeowner is uncomfortable with the concept they can opt out.
“We’re trying to get the word out, that communities like Bethalto, and Alton have already had a vote on this, they passed it and are seeing savings,” said Phillip Carr, a consultant with Good Energy.