Webinar: How YOU Can Get the Best Value and Green Community Aggregation
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Greening Community Choice Electricity Aggregation
What is Community Energy Aggregation? Community energy aggregation is when a municipality (or a group of towns) bundles all the electricty needs of its residents together and buys power on their behalf. By using the collective bargaining power of its residents, towns are able take advantage of greener energy choices at lower prices. For many towns aggregation means more than just lower rates, it is also an pportunity to provide the benefits of renewable energy to residents.
Why Is Green the Better Value? Buying energy from clean renewable sources like wind farms and solar rooftops keep life threatening pollution out of our air and supports the growing green economy. Cities can provide greater value to the community by requesting clean energy not the traditional brown sources of power that pump toxics and carbon pollution into our air. Request local green power and when you flick on the lights, you’ll be jumpstarting the green economy and creating good, stable, green jobs across the state.
How Does It Work? First, the city council gives approval for a referendum on aggregation to be voted on during the next election. For over 150 towns in Illinois this will happen on March 20th, 2012. Check to see if aggregation is on the ballot in your town here. Next, residents vote on the referendum and if approved, the town will solicit rates from different energy suppliers and hold public meetings. If the town gets an energ ymix and price it likes, it will sign a contract. ComEd or Ameren will still deliver the residents’ power and respond to outages. Residents will have an opportunity to opt out during the process.
Offset Brown Power with Local Renewable Energy Credits
Make an Energy Efficiency Plan
Not all energy plans are created equal, and the only way to truly know whatenergy is being bought on your behalf is to ask. The city can require that the bidder disclose the power content that will be supplied to the town. The town canbetter evaluate bids and choose between different combinations of brown power,green power, and renewable energy credits.
For the greatest value maximize renewable energy content from local Illinoissources through direct contracts. The next best alternative is to offset all brownenergy content in the program through the purchase of local Renewable EnergyCredits. Last but not least, the community should advance energy efficiency measures.
Confused about the process? Take a look at this informational video from
the Village of Oak Park. Your town will likely follow a similar