Streator’s mayor and city council members won’t send a referendum on electricity purchasing to the voters in April. But they might next year. Mayor Jimmie Lansford doesn’t think three months will be enough time to explain what the city’s trying to do. The required wording of the referendum could make it sound more complicated than it is.
Nate Shanklin with Wolcott Energy Group explained at a City Council meeting this week, having the city buy electricity for the residents would save them money. Besides the city having thousands of residents to buy for in one big block, customer service for billing issues can be delivered more easily too.
City officials are also considering whether to start a public utility—not so the city can get into the generation business but so it can have even better wholesale buying opportunities.