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updated: 3/21/2012 1:19 AM

Most Fox Valley towns OK electric aggregation

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Voters across the Fox Valley largely supported municipal electric aggregation Tuesday, giving their governments the ability to negotiate energy contracts in hopes of cheaper rates.

With the majority of the votes counted, Aurora, Big Rock, Burlington, Campton Hills, Hoffman Estates, Maple Park, Montgomery and South Elgin will be able to try aggregation.

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Voters in Bartlett and unincorporated Kane County rejected the proposal, with the Kane County race coming down to less than 200 votes.

The goal of aggregation is to use bulk purchasing power to get a lower rate than what ComEd offers, although power would still come through ComEd infrastructure and ComEd would still respond when power is out. Customers can choose not to change suppliers and opt out of the program at any time.

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