Evanston residents and small-business owners who don’t want to save 30 percent on the cost of their electric power have until Monday to opt out of the city’s Electricity Aggregation Program.

The City Council voted unanimously on April 30 to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy, an Alternate Retail Electricity Supplier (ARES), for the program.

The program was authorized by voters in a referendum earlier this year.

Under the agreement with Constellation Energy, Evanston residents and small businesses that participate in the program will receive 100 percent renewable energy mix for a term of 12 months at a rate of $0.04797 per kilowatt hour, which is 30 percent lower when compared to ComEd’s summertime price.

All eligible customers have the right to opt-out of the program and continue to have ComEd purchase their electricity supply. Customers wishing to opt-out must contact Constellation Energy using one of the following four methods by June 25:

1. Mail: Return the form provided in the opt-out letter in the pre-addressed stamped envelope.
2. Fax: Fax completed Opt-Out form to 1-866-422-6233.
3. Phone: Call Constellation Energy at 1-800-718-1493.
4. Web: Visit home.constellation.com/optout.

Opt-out notices have been mailed out by Constellation Energy to eligible customers.

Questions or comments about the Electricity Aggregation Program can be phoned to 3-1-1.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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