Ameren could see customers returning to the fold.
A group of more than a dozen Sangamon County communities have decided that alternate electric suppliers are not any cheaper.
County Administrator Brian McFadden says residents will soon receive a notice they may continue to use their current supplier but if no action is taken they will be automatically be switched back to Ameren.
“If you are getting your power from the aggregation consortium, you default back to the Ameren default rate and so then if you are on the default rate for two months, you are locked in for a year,” according to McFadden.
McFadden says estimates from Ameren show their prices will be about 7-percent lower from alternate suppliers. That could mean a drop of about 1-hundred dollars each year for an average consumer.