Evanston voters — like those in scores of other Illinois communities — will be asked March 20 to decide whether to let their municipal goverment seek bids from an alternative electric power supply to serve residential and small-business customers.
Advocates of the plan say it would provide new competition for Commonwealth Edison — and they hope, though they can't guarantee — that it will lead to lower rates for customers.
Under the plan power would still be delivered by ComEd and ComEd would still bill for the service, but — unless individual customers opt out — their power would be generated by one of the dozen or so alternative suppliers now operating in the state.
Here's a city presentation (.pdf) with more details on the ballot proposal.
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