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Ogle County residents to vote on cheaper energy option

Ogle County Board members also voted to extend it's wind farm ban until February 2012. This gives the Assessment Planning and Zoning Committee more time to review recommended changes to the county's wind farm ordinances.

OREGON -- Residents in outlying areas of Ogle County may soon have a cheaper option for electrical energy.

Plus, the county won't allow new wind farms to be built until February of next year. These were two major topics decisions made Tuesday night at the Ogle County Board Meeting.

The board's unanimous vote for energy aggregation was good news to Ogle Count resident Casper Manheim.

"I got a house with a lot of electric appliances in it," said Manheim. "Air conditioning, electric stove, stuff like this, so it would help me a lot to try to lower my electrical rate."

Now he and other residents who don't live in a city can vote on a referendum to allow the county to look for a third party energy supplier.

"If they don't want to do it, they can still say 'no I'm not interested,'" said Ogle County Board Chairman Jim Barnes. "At leastways by putting this on the ballot, everybody has a chance to vote to say yes, I'd like to try it or I don't want to try it."

If the referendum passes on March 20th, Rock River Energy Services will consult the county as it takes bids from other suppliers.

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OREGON -- Residents in outlying areas of Ogle County may soon have a cheaper option for electrical energy.

Plus, the county won't allow new wind farms to be built until February of next year. These were two major topics decisions made Tuesday night at the Ogle County Board Meeting.

The board's unanimous vote for energy aggregation was good news to Ogle Count resident Casper Manheim.

"I got a house with a lot of electric appliances in it," said Manheim. "Air conditioning, electric stove, stuff like this, so it would help me a lot to try to lower my electrical rate."

Now he and other residents who don't live in a city can vote on a referendum to allow the county to look for a third party energy supplier.

"If they don't want to do it, they can still say 'no I'm not interested,'" said Ogle County Board Chairman Jim Barnes. "At leastways by putting this on the ballot, everybody has a chance to vote to say yes, I'd like to try it or I don't want to try it."

If the referendum passes on March 20th, Rock River Energy Services will consult the county as it takes bids from other suppliers.

"Our whole agenda is the money that's saved on the utility bill stays on the area for other purposes," said Rock River Energy Services

Ogle County Board members also voted to extend it's wind farm ban until February 2012. This gives the Assessment Planning and Zoning Committee more time to review recommended changes to the county's wind farm ordinances.

"Our committee is about three-quarters of the way through that review," said Ogle County Board Member Bill Welty. "We should wrap that up here in the next couple of weeks and hopefully have a recommendation as it relates to a text amendment of our zoning ordinance for commercial wind for the board review in January."

Welty is a member of the Assessment Planning and Zoning Committee. It meets Wednesday, December 21st to continue reviewing county wind standards.

As for the energy aggregation vote, Ogle County cities Oregon, Byron, Stillman Valley, Davis Junction and Forreston are doing the same. Third party suppliers bring electricity to Mount Morris and Polo.


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DEC 21 2011
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