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February 19, 2013

Council OKs electrical consultant

Votes 10-0 for Good Energy

DANVILLE — Consultant/broker Good Energy, LP received unanimous support from the city council Tuesday night for the electrical aggregation program.

The city council approved an agreement with a 10-0 vote for Good Energy, LP of New York to seek bids from the various electric wholesale suppliers.

Aldermen Rickey Williams Jr., Kevin Davis, Lois Cooper and Jon Cooper were absent.

This will happen if the referendum passes in the city on April 9. Danville’s electrical rate would be bid with a group of other communities represented by Good Energy.

There is no city funding needed for the agreement.

Good Energy’s fee of not more than .00075 per kilowatt hour will be added to the bid rate the city approves.

An aggregation program gives the city the authority to enter into an electric supply power contract on behalf of residents and small businesses in the city that have not opted out of the program with the intent to secure a lower rate for electric service.

Vaughn Alcorn, a sales representative with Global Energy Services of Ohio, asked for the vote to be postponed to allow Global the chance to submit a bid.

Alcorn said he and Brad Smith, operations director, are “hometown guys.”

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said he talked to Smith, but understood Global to be a supplier, not a consultant. This is the first time he’s hearing Global is a consultant, he added.

Eisenhauer interviewed Good Energy and Schultz and Schultz of Peoria of the six different consultants which sent the city information regarding the electrical aggregation program.

“I’m a stickler for due process,” said Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black.

He said it was no secret the city was moving in this direction and any company could have spoken with city officials.

“Expeditiously I think we need to move forward,” Black said.

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