Energy

CGE has four focus areas when it comes to energy:

  • Promoting Evanston’s electricity aggregation plan while working toward a long-term solution to make renewable energy available to all Evanston electricity customers (residential and business).
  • Advocating for City policies which encourage local renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Promoting local solar installations and community solar.
  • Working to improve energy efficiency of all Evanston buildings.

About Electricity Aggregation

Since Evanston’s first Climate Action Plan was adopted, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 837,000 tons–almost 20%–since 2005. A train carrying that much coal would be 45 miles long! More than half of these savings come from electricity aggregation. After approval by a referendum, the City of Evanston has negotiated the purchase of 100% Green Electricity for all participating Evanston residences and small businesses. Anyone can opt out of the program, but fully two thirds of Evanston residents are participating

In addition to reducing our contribution to Climate Change, aggregation has saved the average Evanston household money over time compared to ComEd since its inception in 2012 – a win-win for households and for the planet.

On June 28th 2017, the Evanston City Council approved the next electricity aggregation contract. With 100% Green Power Evanston is still on track to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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