CAMBRIDGE -- Two public meetings Wednesday will give Cambridge residents an opportunity to discuss a proposal that the village negotiate electricity rates for all residents.
The "municipal aggregation" proposal will be voted on on April 9.
The meetings will be at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Hall.
Under aggregation, a municipality can negotiate a price for electrical energy for the entire community in hopes of gaining a lower rate than if people bought it on their own.
Electricity in Cambridge would still be delivered and billed by Ameren Illinois, even if the ultimate contractor is someone else. Currently, the Illinois Power Authority negotiates prices for electricity.
Cambridge village administrator Dwaine Van Meenen said savings of 20 to 27 percent are expected if the proposal is approved.
Residents and eligible businesses who would prefer not to have the municipality negotiate the price of their electricity could opt out either after receiving a letter that the supplier will change or within 10 days after receiving a letter that the supplier has changed.
Rock River Energy would go out for bids for Cambridge, and by April 29 the village board should be able to approve rates, according to Mr. Van Meenen.
According to the Citizens Utility Board, Ohio and Rhode Island estimate aggregation has saved their citizens more than $18 million per year.
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.