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Hoffman Estates to inform businesses of energy savings

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Hoffman Estates wants local businesses not included in the village's electric aggregation program to know they can save money through a program offered by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Businesses that use more than 15,000 kilowatts per year are not eligible to participate in the village's electric aggregation program, which became effective Aug. 1.

Last week, a village committee approved spending $500 to mail notices to small business to inform them about the Caucus' opt-in Energy Savings Plan. The plan uses Integrys Energy Services as a supplier.

Integrys offers a business rate at 5.35 cents per kilowatt hour for 12 months, 5.50 cents per kilowatt hour for 24 months or 5.90 cents per kilowatt hour for 36 months.

According to the village, the ComEd rate is 7.52 cents per kilowatt hour until October and then 8.924 cents per kilowatt hour until June 2013.

"It should definitely be offered to them," Mayor William McLeod said of letting local businesses know about the program. "They can make their own decision."

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