It’s like an earthquake with constant after-shocks. A horrible decision by Naperville city officials to enter into an agreement as a member of the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) in 2007. At the time it seemed like a good idea to a few (city officials and council members), but others spoke up against the idea, only to be ridiculed, mocked, and chastised for not supporting what has turned out to be dreadful decision.
The decision for Naperville to purchase its power from IMEA’s Prairie State Energy Campus downstate has caused Naperville’s electric rates to skyrocket. Naperville is ten years into the devastating agreement (are you sitting down) with another 18 years to go. Yes, that’s until the year 2035. It appears a couple of downstate Illinois yahoo’s took the city slickers from Naperville behind the coal shed, sold them a bill of goods, locked them in to a 35 year contract, and sent them back to Naperville to extol the deal. A bad deal indeed for the rate payers.
In 2014, electric rates were increased by 6%, followed by 7% in 2015, 8.3% in 2016, 3.6% this year, 3.6% next year, followed by another 17 years of hefty electric rate increases.
Mr. Keller will be at the tender age of 95 when this bad deal is over.
Fast forward to 2012 when the City of Naperville dragged electric rate payers into another bad deal, when city officials forcefully had Smart Meters installed on homes and businesses with the promise that rate payers would save money on their electric bills. To date, not one dime has been saved by anybody. My not-so-smart meter was installed January 24, 2013, and I have yet to see a penny’s worth of savings.
Two city council members involved in that fiasco are running for re-election; Judy Brodhead, and John Krummen. Brodhead was on the city council and voted ‘yes’ for the non-saving meters, and John Krummen was an ‘Ambassador’ for the meters. In other words, he was a mouthpiece telling the fine folks of Naperville how they would save money. A question each should be asked during their run for re-election is, “Regarding your support of smart-meters, where are the savings on our electric bills, that you clearly said would occur?”
Council members Krummen and Brodhead were either naive, or lied to rate payers, neither of which are favorable for re-election. Naperville deserves better.