(BENTON, IL) — Benton residents got an opportunity Monday night to learn more about the city’s electric aggregation program during a town hall meeting at City Hall. Reg Ankrom, president of Southern Illinois Municipal Electric Company which represents Benton and several other cities in the state, told those in attendance and on Facebook Live residential and small business customers in Benton will see lower electric rates through Homefield Energy starting in June. Ameren’s rate is currently 6.4 cents per kilowatt hour. Benton’s rate will be 6.285 cents per kilowatt hour through Homefield. The change in the rate won’t be seen until you get your bill in August. That’s because bills are on a two-month delay according to Ankrom. Ankrom went on to say Homefield’s rate will be locked in for 3 years. Residents do have an opt out option if they want to stay with their current power supplier instead of going with Homefield. No penalty will be charged.