Orland Park: ComEd notices sent in error
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org April 22, 2014 7:38PM
Updated: May 24, 2014 6:27AM
Some Orland Park residents enrolled in the village’s electrical aggregation program received notices in error that their accounts were being switched back to ComEd, the village said Tuesday.
The village is in the process of changing its electricity supplier, and the ComEd letters went out after the new supplier, FirstEnergy Solutions, prematurely transferred some customer accounts, according to the village.
Residents called village hall after getting the notices, which were mailed in the past few days, Joe La Margo, the village’s public information officer, said.
He said any residents who were switched have been changed back to the current power supplier, Nordic Energy Services, which started providing power to Orland Park homes and small businesses in summer 2012.
La Margo said a hotline (708-403-5005) has been set up at village hall to provide information. By the end of May, all customers who are in the aggregation program will be switched to FirstEnergy, but residents can also decide to opt out and resume receiving electricity from ComEd, he said.
Orland Park is one of several Southland suburbs that in recent years has asked residents by referendum whether they want the village to negotiate an electricity supply agreement with a power provider other than ComEd to reduce electricity costs.
The village sought a new supplier after learning that Nordic’s price was increasing, although electricity prices also will rise under the new agreement with FirstEnergy.
Nordic’s rate has been 4.82 cents per kilowatt hour, and FirstEnergy’s rate will be 6.46 cents per kwh, but the village’s new contract will include an escape clause to give it a way out should FirstEnergy’s rate later rise above ComEd’s prevailing rate, La Margo said.
FirstEnergy supplies power to more than 100 Illinois communities, including Chicago Heights, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Oak Forest and Palos Heights.