Compare Electricity Rates and SAVE

Forum helps Illinois residents learn about energy choices

In states with energy deregulation laws in place, understanding all of the options that come with the ability to compare electricity rates can at times be confusing and even unnerving.

To help residents with this dilemma, the town of Downers Grove, Illinois, held a forum led by Yami Newell of the Citizens Utility Board, which was hosted by Senator Ron Sandack, the Bugle News reports.

According to the media outlet, more than 50 people showed up to the forum to learn about how comparing electricity rates could help them save on their monthly energy bills. One resident, Terry Voss, even said he came because he was incredulous of the who system.

"The cost looks too good to be true," he told the news provider.

Until 2010, residents could only receive their power from the region's utility ComEd. However, that December, the state passed a landmark decision that would allow residents to choose their own energy provider, creating a highly competitive market.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a number of websites have been developed to help residents through the switching process, while forums similar to the one in Downers Grove have been commonplace throughout the state.