City of Geneva
The City of Geneva is a beautiful, affluent city of just over 26,000 people located just west of Chicago. In addition to its scenic location along the Fox River and its popular shops and restaurants, the City is also known for its low electric rates. Geneva owns its own electric distribution system and operates a peak load natural gas generation plant. Over the past five years, the city has spent about 4 percent less on electricity, in part due to its purchase of renewable energy from a waste to energy facility located at a local landfill and its city owned natural gas peaking generation. In addition, the city purchases electric power from the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency (“NIMPA”), as well as from spot purchases on the PJM wholesale energy market. Soon it will also begin obtaining energy from the nation’s newest and cleanest coal generation facility, the Prairie State Energy Campus, located in Washington County, Illinois. NIMPA is a part owner of the Prairie State plant, along with a number of other large municipal joint action agencies.
According to Mike Buffington, Geneva’s Electric Superintendent,
A big part of Geneva’s success in its energy endeavors is due to the energy rate design consulting work of Gary Price (Price Consulting) and the legal services provided by Richard Heinemann. Boardman & Clark attorneys have assisted the City of Geneva in a wide range of electric utility and energy contracting matters and developed the agency agreements that led to the formation of NIMPA in 2004.