Oak Park Electricity Aggregation Question (April 2011)

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An Oak Park Electricity Aggregation Question was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the village of Oak Park which is in Cook County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 6,366 (66.22%)Approveda
  • NO 3,247 (33.78%)[1]

This measure sought to allow village officials to aggregate resident and small business electricity in order to use the collective buying power to negotiate lower rates for users. The energy would be bought in bulk for those who opted in and would thus be at a cheaper rate than what is currently being paid by residents. Village trustees had been educating residents about the aggregation proposal and what will occur since the measure was approved.[2] A proposed bid would only be accepted by the village if it was at a lower rate and would last up to two years before renegotiated. Meetings were held in the village to work out the aggregation plan and to help inform voters about the issue.[3] In the recent meeting village officials explained the logistics of the measure if it gets approved, noting that other communities have also voted on this too and are implementing it this year.[4]