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updated: 3/21/2012 1:12 AM

Fox Valley towns back electric aggregation

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Most communities in the northern Fox Valley communities supported municipal electric aggregation Tuesday, giving their governments the right to negotiate energy contracts for them.

With the majority of the vote counted, Burlington, Cary, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, Elgin, Gilberts, Hampshire, Huntley, Pingree Grove, South Elgin and West Dundee governments will be able to try aggregation.

Voters in Algonquin, Carpentersville, Lake in the Hills and unincorporated Kane and McHenry counties rejected the proposal -- in Algonquin, only by 9 votes.

The goal of aggregation is to use bulk purchasing power for lower rates from outside suppliers, although power would still come through ComEd infrastructure.

Residents can stick with ComEd and opt out of the program at any time.

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