As part of a deal with energy suppliers, Illinois wind farms will provide 5 percent of the electricity supplied via Chicago's municipal aggregation program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.
new deal essentially doubles the amount of wind energy Chicago
consumers received through ComEd, according to the mayor's office.
city's aggregation program, which took effect in February, allows the
city to buy electricity power in bulk for households and small
businesses. It has also helped to reduce Chicago's carbon footprint by
eliminating coal-based power and securing more clean energy.
Last December, Chicago picked Integrys Energy Services to provide the electricity sent to homes and small businesses as part of the program.
According to the city, more than 750,000 households and small businesses
have saved nearly $21 million by being part of the aggregation program.
A study released Tuesday by the Perfect Power Institute
at the Illinois Institute of Technology said the program has led to a
16 percent reduction in carbon emissions. That is the equivalent of
taking 100,000 cars off of the road.
“By supporting Illinois
wind farms and eliminating coal from the city’s portfolio, Chicagoans
will build a cleaner, healthier environment for our children,” Emanuel
said in a statement.
Environmentalists have also applauded the aggregation program.
is proving that moving beyond coal to cleaner sources of electricity,
including Illinois wind power, cannot only reduce our electric bills but
also deliver much healthier air for all of us to breathe," Jack Darin,
director of the Illinois Sierra Club, said in a statement. "Chicago's
new, cleaner power supply will reduce asthma attacks and other health
problems, help fight climate change, and lower residents' electric
bills. We applaud Mayor Emanuel for his leadership in moving Chicago
beyond coal to clean energy and encourage other communities to use their
aggregated buying power to support clean energy and a better