Green Electric Aggregation Program

Green Electric Aggregation Program
Posted on 07/24/2019

Following the passage of a 2012 Referendum, the Village of Orland Park contracted to procure electric supply in bulk for residents and small business owners. Orland Park households and small businesses saved a cumulative $7 million.

The Village recently sought competitive bids to renew the program. All bids were above the ComEd rate, offering no potential savings this year. Therefore, the Village contracted a program with MC Squared Energy Services (MC2) whereby ratepayers will be charged exactly the ComEd rate but will enjoy the added benefit of green energy by way of Midwest-generated Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) at zero added cost. The program term is 12 months to September 2020.

To learn about how green energy and RECs work, see this video clip prepared by the US EPA.

Background: The cost of serving each electric account varies greatly, based on usage patterns. Some ratepayer accounts will be switched to ComEd because the cost of generation for the usage profile exceeds the ComEd rate. Others will be switched to the new supplier, MC2. All will pay exactly the same ComEd rate, including ComEd’s monthly variable PEA component. MC2 will purchase green energy for the Village, on behalf of ratepayers in the Orland Park Aggregation Community, whether moved to ComEd supply or to MC2.

All residents and small business owners within the Village will receive one of the following notices:

1. Ratepayers receiving an opt-out notice will automatically be enrolled with MC2 and will pay exactly the ComEd rate, including the monthly variable PEA unless they choose to opt-out. 
2. Ratepayers receiving an informative notice will be moved to ComEd but will continue to be a member of the Orland Park Aggregation Community. RECs will be purchased, representing their energy consumption.
3. Ratepayers enrolled in their own private contract with an alternative supplier or the hourly rate program will receive an informative, opt-in notice. They may take action to enroll but are advised to first check their private contract for any termination fees. 

The US EPA states that because the power supply is provided to ratepayers from a massive grid shared across many communities, “There is no way to distinguish the exact source that your electricity came from. Renewable Energy Credits, the currency of the renewable energy market, allow you to claim that the electricity you use came from a renewable resource with low or zero emissions.”

Program Benefits:
•Guaranteed to be charged the ComEd rate, with no risk of paying more than ComEd 
•No hidden fees, no additional monthly fee
•Maximum flexibility to join or leave the program, and never an enrollment or switch fee 
•The Village earns designation as a US EPA Green Power Partner Community, at zero cost
•Residents’ power consumption is offset by green energy generated from Wind Generation Farms located in the Midwest, at zero cost
•The Village’s Carbon footprint will be significantly reduced, at zero cost
No one from MC2 or the Village will ever visit your home or call you to enroll. If a solicitor claims to be the Village supplier, MC2, or ComEd, report their information and the incident to the ICC at ww.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint. Never reveal your ComEd account number or allow a solicitor to view your ComEd bill unless you are certain you wish to enroll with that supplier and have read all terms and conditions.


Electric Aggregation Program FAQs


1. How can I enroll?
During the initial three-week opt-out period, you need to do nothing if you received an opt-out notice; you will automatically be enrolled unless you opt-out. After the initial opt-out period, any ratepayer may enroll by calling MC2 at 855-740-9986 and requesting the Orland Park rate.

2. I am located within Orland Park, have already switched to another Supplier, but would like to join. Can I do this?
Yes. You will receive an informative notice with program details. Call MC2 at 855-740-9986 and provide them with your ComEd account number. If you are enrolled with an alternative supplier that is not the Village’s program, you are advised to review your contract or call your supplier to understand any termination fees to which you may be subject. You may enroll with MC2 at any time during the 12-month term.

3. What is the current ComEd rate?
The annualized base ComEd rate for the Energy Year June 2019 to May 2020 is 7.052¢ per kWh, plus or minus the monthly Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA). For more information, visit pluginillinois.org.

4. Will I get two bills, one from ComEd and another from the new supplier?
No. ComEd continues to bill for electric supply, delivery, and taxes. ComEd delivers electricity and will continue to bill you, but they no longer supply it. 

5. If I am automatically enrolled, can I leave the program?
Yes, you may vacate the program at any time. You will never be charged a termination fee. 

6. What is ComEd’s six-month “hold” requirement?
Please note State Regulations: If you move from the program back to ComEd for longer than two months, your account is placed in a “bundled hold” status, and you may not return to the Orland Park program until a full six months has passed.

7. I am enrolled in a low-income assistance program. Will I still receive those benefits?
If you currently receive assistance via PIPP or LIHEAP, your status will not be affected.

8. Does the program impact my ComEd budget billing or auto-payment plan?
No. The way you pay your ComEd bill does not change.

9. What happens if I move? 
If you remain within the Village limits, you must call MC2 to re-enroll at your new address. Residents moving into the community may join at any time by calling 855-740-9986.

10. Is the energy generated from any renewable “green” energy sources?
Yes. MC2 will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), which are the sole currency of the green energy market, representing power consumption used. To learn more about how RECs work, see this video clip prepared by the US EPA.

11. Why support renewable wind generation resources?
For the ten years ending 2017, coal-based generation in the US has been reduced by 40% whereas wind-based generation has increased by 638%. Wind energy helps to reduce carbon footprint. This program achieves a strategic objective of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Compact, which the Village of Orland Park has endorsed.

For specific questions about your own electric account, do not call Village Hall; call the Village of Orland Park’s aggregation program supplier: MC2 at 855-740-9986. If you require additional assistance, call NIMEC at 800-727-3820 to leave your question and callback number. You will be contacted within 24 hours regarding the issue.

The Illinois Commerce Commission provides additional information about energy deregulation in Illinois and energy supply choices at www.pluginillinois.org. To report an electrical outage, or for questions pertaining to your ComEd bill, always call ComEd at 800-334-7661.


The sum of the greenhouse gas emissions anticipated to be reduced by the implementation of this zero-cost Renewable Aggregation Program is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from:

The sum of the greenhouse gas emissions anticipated to be reduced by the implementation of this zero-cost Renewable Aggregation Program is equivalent to CO2 emissions from: