About the Energy Alliance

The Mclean County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Gulf Plains Energy to establish the Commercial Energy Purchasing Alliance for its members.

 

Through our partnership with Gulf Plains Energy, we will combine all of our Chamber members into an aggregate pool to secure a much lower rate than you could receive directly from other providers. If your business has not made the switch from Ameren to a new provider, you may not be aware that you have a choice in electricity suppliers. Deregulation opened the doors for competition in Illinois and allows for you to secure a low fixed price contract, providing cost savings and budget stability for your business.

 

Energy Alliance Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is eligible for the Alliance?

All Chamber members with commercial electricity service are eligible.

  • If your business has not made the switch from Ameren to a new provider, you may not be aware that you have a choice in electricity suppliers. Deregulation opened the doors for competition in Illinois and allows for you to secure a low fixed price contract, providing cost savings and budget stability for your business.
  • If you are under contract with another supplier, Gulf Plains Energy can offer a future start that will not require you to terminate your existing contract. Your new contract will start immediately upon the expiration of your existing contract.

 

What are the benefits of the Alliance?

Risk-Free:

  • No application fee.
  • No risk of having to cancel your existing contract.

Cost-Savings:

  • Not only will you be given a custom analysis of your energy consumption and use patterns, you’ll also receive a fixed contract rate to secure the price you pay, protecting you from market volatility.
  • The wholesale expertise and strength of credit gives Gulf Plains Energy the ability to deliver innovative solutions to help ensure the greatest cost avoidance and potential savings for you.

Energy Expertise Available Locally:

  • Gulf Plains Energy has key personnel dedicated to helping respond and address any situation, question or concern your company may have with your electricity contracts.

 

Where do I get an application form? 

You can download it from the Chamber’s website at here or email mcleanchamber@gulfplainsenergy.com.  The application includes instructions for completing and returning it. 

 

How much does it cost to join the Energy Alliance?  

There are no fees to join the Alliance. This is a benefit of Chamber membership.

 

How much will I save as an Energy Alliance participant? 

That depends on the amount of electricity you use and the rate class you are in.Each business’ electrical usage varies.However, in addition to a custom analysis of your energy consumption and use patterns that you will be given, you’ll also receive a fixed contract rate to secure the price you pay, protecting you from market volatility through December 2021.The wholesale expertise and strength of credit gives Gulf Plains Energy the ability to deliver innovative solutions to help ensure the greatest cost avoidance and potential savings for you. Their current customers are saving an average of 15%.

 

What if I don’t like the rate I received or I change my mind? 

Members will individually be responsible for signing their contract.  You have until the final closing day of the pool to make your decision to accept the rate. However, once the contract is signed it is a binding agreement.

 

How does credit affect my chance at receiving a contract offer? 

Most supplies will run credit. We will notify you confidentially if there are issues with your credit approval. If you feel your credit standing is in jeopardy, please let us know during the application process so that we can work with you.

 

What if I move my business to a new location? 

Your co-op rate can usually follow you to your new location.  Just be sure to contact your Gulf Plains Energy representative before your move.

 

Why do you need copies of my current electricity bills? 

Each Alliance member is required to submit 2 copies of ALL PAGES of their most recent bills for each account that is to be included in the co-op.  These bills provide important information that will be used by Gulf Plains Energy and the suppliers during the bid process.

 

An additional meter was installed at my business since I joined the Chamber’s Alliance. Can I add this meter’s account number to my account? 

Additional meter account numbers can be added. Just contact your Gulf Plains Energy representative.   

 

I have another location, but it is not in Bloomington.  Is it possible to get it into the electricity Alliance? 

Yes, as long as that location is currently in a deregulated service territory. Please complete the application for all locations.

 

I am getting calls from other third-party suppliers wanting my company to sign with them instead.  How do I know if I’m getting the best deal through the Chamber’s co-op program?

The Chamber and Gulf Plains Energy cannot guarantee that another third party supplier will not offer a better price outside of the Chamber’s cooperative program.  However, the Chamber’s program does guarantee that the offer you receive will be a fully vetted, fixed rate with a reputable supplier.  It will provide budget stability and the contract you sign will have been reviewed and approved by our expert energy consultant.  Your contract will have been thoroughly evaluated to ensure that it does not contain hidden language, price changes, term changes or language that could have unintentional consequences in the future.

 

If you have any questions or learn more about what the program can provide for your business, please feel free to reach out to Scott Heape at the Chamber or Elizabeth Bilton with Gulf Plains Energy.