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By BETH ZUMWALT
The City of Pittsfield received a letter last week from its electricity aggregate company, stating that Ameren’s rates have dropped below Good Energy’s, the city’s supplier. The information means those on the city’s aggregate plan, can switch to Ameren.
“It’s not a big drop,” Gary Mendenhall, mayor of the city, said. “It’s just a few cents per kilowatt.”
City of Pittsfield customers can opt out of Good Energy at anytime and go with another supplier, according to the contract the city has with Good Energy.
But Mendenhall urges customers be cautious and read the fine print.
“Ameren just bought a bunch of cheap electricity on the open market,” he said. “Once that is gone, the price could go right back up. And once you opt out of Good Energy, you are out.”
Mendenhall said there are other criteria that residents should know before making a change.
Mendenhall said he personally plans to stick with the current supplier and is also recommending the city stay with Good Energy for at least a while.
“I’m going to check it again in 30 days and see where it is,” he said. “The city will keep checking on the situation until it levels out. Markets could change.”