Energy

CGE has been a leading advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Evanston from its inception. Our Energy group is focused on:

  • 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 in all Evanston buildings.

The Energy group meets regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Evanston Civic Center. For more information about the task force or about CGE’s efforts to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, please contact: renewable@greenerevanston.org

Accomplishments

Community Aggregation with 100% Renewable Energy

CGE introduced the concept of electricity aggregation to the City and was the strongest and most visible advocate for the successful referendum in March 2012 authorizing the City to aggregate residential and small business electric accounts and seek bids for an energy supplier. CGE was also a strong advocate for selecting a supplier providing 100% renewable energy, which the Evanston City Council has now done three times: first, for the initial 12-month contract starting in 2012, then for a second 12-month contract starting in 2013, and now for a 3-year contract, which started in summer 2014.

With 100% renewable energy, Evanston has reduced its CO2 emissions by 626 million pounds per year and achieved the 13% emissions-reduction goal set in its 2008 Climate Action Plan.

Public Education: Energy and the Environment

CGE maintains an ongoing program of citizen education to increase awareness of the many factors contributing to our community’s GHG emissions and to promote practices that will reduce our impact on the environment. As part of this program, CGE has developed a 45-minute “Energy 101” presentation and welcomes opportunities to share this presentation with interested community organizations.