Municipal Aggregation Program
The City of Lake Forest is part of the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium, a group of seven communities formed by the Villages of Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, and Skokie focused on securing affordable electric aggregation supply for its residents and small businesses. The Consortium selected Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2) to serve the Consortium with electric supply from October 2021 through October 2024.
Each participating community within the Consortium is provided a Civic Contribution annually from MC2 which is used to meet sustainability and other goals and objectives established by each community. During the last six (6) month term of the electric aggregation program, MC2 will provide eligible residents and small businesses with electric supply pricing equal to the monthly ComEd published tariff supply rate (April 2024 - October 2024).
In August 2021, per state regulation, notification of the program was sent to all residential and small business account holders. In February 2024, midyear program notices were mailed as part of the City’s annual review of the program, which are meant to notify new customers who have moved into Lake Forest as well as notify customers who may now be benefitting from the program due to changing electricity consumption patterns. MC2 also periodically reviews accounts to ensure existing accounts are still a benefit to the grant program and to look for new accounts that can contribute.
Please note your electric supply pricing will always match the ComEd tariff supply rate so there are no additional fees or increased rates to participate. Additionally, there are no termination fees and you may leave the program at any time. To view copies of the letters, please see below:
|Type of Letter
|Heading on Letter
Account will be automatically enrolled unless they opt out
"Electric Aggregation Program Notice"
Account will be automatically enrolled unless they opt out
“Electric Aggregation Notice”
Account currently enrolled with another retail supplier. Must act to opt in to this program.
“Electric Aggregation Opt In Notice”
Account currently enrolled on a special ComEd rate that is hourly or time of use. If they leave this service, they will not be able to join back for 12 months with ComEd.
“Informational Content Only for Hourly Rate Customers”
Account is currently enrolled as net metering with either ComEd or another retail supplier. This means they have solar panels on their roof. If they switch, they may lose any excess credits they have.
“Informational Content Only for Net Metering Customers”
Account will stay on ComEd service as it is currently. Still considered to be part of the program.
“Informational Content Only: No Action Required”
Importantly, Customers will pay the same rate as they would with ComEd. No action is required to enroll, but accounts that are changing suppliers will have an opportunity to opt-out. There are no phone calls or door-to-door solicitations.
We're here to help! View our Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the City's Electric Aggregation Program.
Please contact Assistant City Manager George Issakoo, at (847) 810-3680 or email@example.com
You can also contact MC Squared Energy Services, LLC at (855) 697-0286 or LakeForest@mc2energyservices.com
Please Be Aware of Unethical Marketing Practices
The City of Lake Forest's Municipal Aggregation Program is launching with Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services (MC2). Please be aware that MC2 will not come to your door, and will not call you on the phone regarding this program unless you initiated the call. Neither the City or MC2 contracts with any third parties attempting to sell energy products via door-to-door or telephone sales programs.
The City has been notified by residents that there are marketers going door to door and/or calling homes with the goal of switching residents' electricity service. Some of these marketers may be aggressive and may misrepresent themselves to you, offering a “utility rebate program” that could result in your electricity supply being priced much higher than the ComEd default tariff rate after a teaser rate. The Illinois Attorney General’s office recently negotiated a $2.65 million settlement with a retail energy marketing company based in part on allegations of aggressive marketing claims.
Here are some simple steps that you can take to avoid becoming a victim of an energy scam:
- Do not give your ComEd bill to anyone at your door.
- Do not tell anyone your ComEd account number at the door or by phone.
- Don’t say “yes” to a marketer calling, even if they ask you if this is your name or any other similar question.
- Call the police if you think someone is trying to scam you.
- Do not be pressured. Just shut the door or hang up!
- Place a “No Solicitors Invited” sign on your door.
The City negotiated an electricity supply product with MC2 that allows you to choose another electric supplier at any time without any penalty to switch from MC2. While other suppliers may market to you, and you are free to choose the supply option of your choice, your choice should be based on accurate information.For More Information on Electricity Supply Alternatives
Consumers interested in exploring electricity supply alternatives can learn more through the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) at citizensutilityboard.org / 800-669-5556 and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) at pluginillinois.org / 217-785-7456.
Background on the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium (NSEAC)
Illinois law allows a municipality to seek bids for the provision of aggregate electricity supply services to residential and small commercial customers, in hopes that the selected rate will be lower than the standard rate offered by ComEd. As required by State law, on March 20, 2012 voters in all eight NSEAC municipalities approved referendums authorizing each municipality to operate an "opt-out" electricity aggregation program for residents and small businesses. In an effort to maximize the amount of savings for customers, the communities of Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Park Ridge and Skokie worked together through an Intergovernmental Agreement and created the NSEAC.