Village Hall has issued Solicitor’s Permits to an individual from Direct Energy to go door-to-door offering electric supply options. She can only solicit between 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. This solicitor has been checked by the New Baden Police Department.
Just a few facts:
1) The company is not affiliated with Ameren Illinois. If they tell you they are with Ameren, that is falsely representing who they are. Please then contact Village Hall or the Police Department.
2) Per a Press Release issued by the Village of New Baden on August 7, 2018: Ameren Illinois has released its new residential electric rate for customers in the New Baden area. Effective June 2018, the new Ameren summer rate (June 2018-September 2018) is 0.0460 and the non-summer rate (October 2017-May 2019) is expected to be about 0.0515. These new rates are lower than New Baden’s current municipal electrical aggregation contract with Homefield Energy, which is 0.0570. The municipal aggregation rate will decrease an additional 2% to 0.05596, beginning June 2019 and lasting through December 2020.
3) Solicitors will possibly state there are no cancellation fees with Homefield Energy if you switch. We recommend you verify with Homefield before making a switch, 866-694-1262. You can also reach Ameren Illinois at 800-755-5000.
4) You are not required to provide personal information.
If you are unsure if you are participating in the Electric Aggregation Program via Homefield Energy, contact Village Hall for assistance. You will need to have a recent Ameren Illinois bill at hand for easy verification.
As a reminder: whenever someone comes to your door, ask to see their solicitors permit before discussing anything with them. The Village of New Baden issues very few permits (most companies try to avoid them). Attached is an example of what the Village's Permit will look like. They are always yellow in color and will have my signature on them.
Anytime someone comes to your door and you have an issue or a concern about them, please call the Police Department, 618-588-7741, IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait for a more convenient time as they solicitor could possibly move on from the area. Solicitation hours are only from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. No solicitation is allowed on Sundays or Holidays.
Here are some helpful links:
Teri Crane, New Baden Village Clerk