Natural Gas Aggregation Being Considered

(March 8, 2013) – Thousands of area residents who are reaping the benefits of municipal electric aggregation may soon have similar opportunities with natural gas.

Good Energy is sponsoring an overview of the current regulatory environment and the future possibility of natural gas aggregation / bulk purchasing on TUESDAY, MARCH 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the GATEWAY BUILDING in PEORIA. More than 50 communities have been invited to participate. The meeting is open to the public and media.

“Small volume gas transport customers would have the ability to achieve significant savings. The best way to effectuate those savings is through municipal aggregation – the same vehicle used to achieve electricity savings,” says Good Energy Managing Partner Charles de Casteja.
In response to a groundswell of recent interest and pent-up demand from municipalities regarding residential natural gas bulk purchasing, Good Energy is now involved in a workshop with the Illinois Commerce Commission in an effort to ultimately bring this offering through municipal aggregation.

Ameren residential customers currently are not afforded the opportunity to purchase natural gas through alternative gas suppliers. Ameren already is working on developing a billing and management system capable to support small gas aggregation.

Also on Tuesday, Good Energy will address concerns over alternative retail electricity providers using misleading marketing tactics through the mail. While the re-energized electricity market has resulted in positive savings for consumers, it also has put some residents at risk. “It’s difficult enough to understand the nuances of municipal aggregation and now residents who already are benefiting from unparalleled savings are being lured to enter into less economically beneficial contracts that may appear better in the short term,” De Casteja said.

Good Energy also will provide general updates on the status of the electricity market, introduce its Director of Midwest Energy Sales and its local energy consultant, and answer program questions.
Tom Leigh: Director Midwest Energy Sales. Leigh has more than 25 years of experience in the energy field. He has completed a wide range of projects in energy generation, management, contract structuring, negotiations and settlement. He is an expert in energy economics and provides Good Energy’s clients with expertise to protect their interests and optimize their energy expenditures.

Jerod McMorris: Energy Consultant. McMorris, of Peoria, has extensive experience providing customer service for the commercial, industrial and governmental clients of Good Energy. He has worked with numerous communities to implement their electric aggregation programs.

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