Updated: April 26, 2013 6:10AM
Homeowners and small-business owners in Matteson can attend informational meetings on the village’s April 9 referendum on electrical aggregation, which involves choosing an electricity supplier for the village to reduce costs.
Meetings will be conducted at 5 p.m. the next two Tuesdays at the Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave. They will be open to the public.
Voters will decide whether the village will be able to seek a power supplier that would offer lower rates by providing electricity to all customers in Matteson unless they opt out.
A change in state law in 2010 allows towns to create such a pool of electrical customers while allowing individual customers to choose another supplier if they want.
Many Southland towns have approved aggregation and signed contracts with suppliers. So far, more than 350 Illinois communities have reduced costs by as much as 35 percent for 1.7 million electric customers.
Reg Ankrom, a consultant with SIMEC LLC, the firm assisting Matteson with electrical aggregation, will conduct the March 26 and April 2 meetings, explain the process and answer questions.