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Utility Solicitation Scams Reported

The Village of Addison has received numerous complaints that residents are being targeted by utiliy solication scams.

These solicitors are going door-to-door, attempting to sign residents up for electricity or gas suppliers. These solicitors have not received a permit from the Village to do this solicitation. They have not been "selected" by the Village, despite what they may say.

Furthermore, some of these solicitors have gone so far as to say there is a problem with the customer's bill, in order to take the account number off the bill and illegally switch the customer to a different company.

There are no utility solicitors permitted by the Village to go door to door. Residents should not share any account information, either in person or over the phone. If you suspect you have been approached by one of these utility scammers, contact the Addison Police Department.

Railroad Crossing Work Scheduled

Canadian National Railroad has scheduled a rebuild of the railroad crossing at North Avenue (Illinois Route 64) just west of Addison Road.

Work is scheduled to begin Friday, July 25, and will take approximately one week, weather permitting.

Traffic will be detoured onto Addison Road during this period. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area, and avoid this route where possible.

Satellite Office Hours in Addison for Congresswoman

Meet with a member Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's (D-8th District) staff during Satellite Office Hours the third Wednesday of each month at the Addison Public Library.

If you have a federal question or concern, a staff member will be available from 3 to 5 p.m., on Wednesdays, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17.

Electrical Aggregation Has Ended in Addison

Village of Addison residents who have had Integrys Energy Group as their electrical supplier through the Electrical Aggregation Program have received notice that effective in June, Integrys will no longer be the supplier.  This is because the Village was not able to secure a 12-month rate that would guarantee a cost savings for residents, with Integrys or any other supplier.

Residents may choose for themselves which company they would like to be their electricity supplier.  For the time being, the village will return to ComEd as the supplier, but residents will have two full billing cycles to determine if they can find a lower rate on their own, and contract with another company.

ComEd has announced that its rates will be 7.596 cents per kWh for the summer months (June through September) and 7.42 cents per kWh in the winter (September through May.)  Other electricity suppliers, including Integrys, offered rates of more 8 cents to the Village for the next contract year.

Since Electrical Aggregation began in the Village of Addison in 2012, it has been the Village’s policy to enter into a contract for only one year.  This is because ComEd rates are announced for one year, and the Village did not want to lock residents into a rate that would end up being higher than ComEd in the second or third year.

In the two years with Integrys as its Electrical Aggregation supplier, residents have saved more than $2.5 million.

However, the gap between ComEd’s supply rate and that of other suppliers has closed. Since the Village cannot guarantee savings to the residents, they are leaving the decision totally up to each resident.

To get more information about other electric suppliers, residents are encouraged to visit PlugInIllinois.org.  There they can learn what to look for in rate quotes, and get links to suppliers in our area.  Things to consider before contracting with any supplier: termination fees, terms and conditions of the contract, and any additional monthly fees that may be in added to a seemingly lower rate.

Residents who do not wish to remain with ComEd need to sign an agreement with a new supplier 20 days before their August bill date.  If they do nothing, their electricity will be supplied by ComEd until at least June 2015.

At that time, the Village will revisit the idea of Electric Aggregation and see if a lower rate can be secured on behalf of residents.

Village of Addison Expands Social Media Outlets

Get news and reminders from the Village of Addison, tailor-made to your interests!

Want know latest -- from road construction updates, to payment reminders? Like the Village on Facebook at "VillageofAddison."

Keep up to date on the latest Village of Addison event news by liking us on Facebook at "AddisonEvents." Get the most detailed information on our summer events -- including vendors, entertainment, changes, or weather delays. Communicate with us with suggestions and questions.

And follow us on Twitter @AddisonVillage.

Village of Addison Events Website Now Available

Get the latest information on Village of Addison events at ItHappensInAddison.com.

The "events only" website has the entire summer schedule, including vendors and entertainment, and is mobile optimized to make it easy to check out while you're on the go.