Opt-out letter sparks confusion

An error in the opt-out letters for Mahomet's electric aggregation initiative is causing confusion for some area residents.

Mark Fanning, manager of marketing and customer care for Homefield Energy, said that the first line of the letter sent to all electric customers within the village refers to the community as "Maryville" rather than "Mahomet."

Fanning said that all the other information in the letter—including the quoted price of $0.03909 per kilowatt hour—is correct. Those letters were mailed on Dec. 28.

Homefield was selected as the village's electrical supplier after the November referendum that authorized village officials to bid out for lower electric rates. The Collinsville-based company currently serves over 128 communities statewide.

Fanning said that the company regrets the error, and hopes to reassure residents of their commitment to serving the village.

Residents who do not respond to the letter will be automatically enrolled in the program. They'll continue to receive bills from Ameren Illinois, but will pay a lower rate for electricity.

The deadline to opt out of the program is January 16. Residents with questions or concerns can contact Homefield at 866-694-1262 or at www.homefieldenergy.com.

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