Peddlers soliciting energy contracts 2014

July 16, 2014 09:08 AM
 Peddlers soliciting energy contracts


An energy supplier has been soliciting Galesburg residences and small businesses door-to-door to sign contracts for the supply of energy. While the energy supplier is registered as a peddler with the City Clerk's office in Galesburg, they are not a representative of the City of Galesburg or Ameren Illinois. With new laws deregulating the supply of energy, many energy providers are busy signing up customers. 


A peddler is required to show a card provided by the City of Galesburg which identifies them as being registered with the City and thereby advised of the rules that regulate the time of day for solicitation activity and the expected conduct of its employees while soliciting within the City limits. Peddlers may only solicit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and must obey any posted sign that prohibits such activity. In addition, peddlers must respect the wishes of the occupant if directed to leave. 


An energy supplier has registered several individuals working in Galesburg as solicitors. In past years, complaints have been received about the conduct of its employees. The complaints include charges of misrepresentation, soliciting outside the approved hours and allegations of refusing to leave when instructed.  Anyone having concerns about solicitors are urged to contact the Galesburg Police Department at 309/343-4181 or the City Clerk’s office at 309/345-3612.


At its January 22, 2013, meeting, the City Council chose Homefield Energy as the supplier for the residential and small commercial energy aggregation program. The approved contract came after a lengthy RFP process conducted by DaCott Energy Services, Inc., the City's consultant, and provides for 100 percent renewable energy to be purchased at a discounted rate. 


Other energy suppliers may solicit Galesburg residents and small commercial businesses to sign with their company. Caution is recommended as these suppliers are not the "supplier of choice" and may not be able to provide the same rates or assurances as Homefield Energy.

No matter who supplies the electricity, Ameren remains the delivery company. All Galesburg users would continue to contact Ameren in the case of outages, services calls and emergencies.


Contact:          Kelli R. Bennewitz, City Clerk          

Phone:             309/345-3610





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