CGE Renewable Energy Fact Sheet Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCEA) June 2012

100%  Renewable  Energy  for  Evanston!   The  Evanston  City  Council  voted  unanimously  for  100%  renewable  energy  with   Community  Choice  Electricity  Aggregation  on  April  30,  2012.    
• • • • Environmental  Benefits  of  100%  Renewable  Energy   CO2  emissions  reduction  of  284,000  metric  tons,  equivalent  to  removing  56,000  cars  from  the  road.   Reduced  acid  rain  emission  (SOx,  NOx),  reduced  mercury  emissions,  and  reduced  particulate  emissions   Reduced  water  usage  (coal  plants  use  ~530  L  per  mo.  for  an  average  house,  nuclear  more  than  double).   Exceeds  the  Evanston  Climate  Action  Plan’s  carbon  footprint  reduction  target  of  13%  by  2012.     Financial  Benefits  of  Aggregation  with  100%  Renewable  Energy   38%  reduction  in  electricity  supply  price:    4.797  cents/kWh  with  CCA,  7.733  cents/kWh  with  ComEd.   Electricity  supply  is  only  a  portion  of  the  bill.    Delivery  and  fees  remain  unchanged.   The  average  household  will  save  more  than  $250  a  year;  collectively  we’ll  save  more  than  $7  million.   Savings  under  the  aggregation  programs  is  significantly  better  than  individual  choice  options.     Renewable  Energy  Supply   We  won’t  be  hooked  directly  to  a  wind  or  solar  farm,  so  we  don’t  have  to  worry  about  the  wind  stopping  and  we’ll  still   have  power  in  the  middle  of  the  night.   We’ll  claim  credit  for  renewable  electricity  as  it  goes  on  the  grid  by  purchasing  Renewable  Energy  Credits  (RECs).    This  is   the  same  mechanism  that  utilities  use  to  meet  the  renewable  energy  targets  required  by  the  State  of  Illinois.     Other  Benefits   100%  renewable  energy  makes  Evanston  stand  out  as  a  progressive  community     Local  small  business  benefit  from  lower  price  and  marketing  advantages  of  using  renewable  energy   Only  a  handful  of  other  communities  are  currently  using  100%  renewable  energy.     Process     YOU  DON’T  HAVE  TO  DO  ANYTHING!   Opt-­‐out  notices  from  ComEd  went  out  in  May.    Just  ignore  them  if  you  want  to  want  to  stay  in.   Aggregation  savings  and  energy  supply  will  start  with  July  bill.   IGNORE  ANY  SALES  PITCHES  FROM  INDPENDENT  ENERGY  MARKETERS.    Independent  energy  providers  are  scrambling  to   sign  up  Evanston  residents  before  Aggregation  goes  into  effect.    Most  of  these  businesses  are  reputable  companies,   although  some  brokers  are  using  door-­‐to-­‐door  and  robocall  tactics  with  incorrect  or  misleading  information.     Looking  Ahead   The  Aggregation  contract  for  4.797  cents/kWh  with  100%  renewable  energy  is  valid  for  12  months.   The  City  will  be  renegotiating  at  that  time.  CGE  will  again  be  advocating  for  100%  renewable  energy  and  we  need  your   help,  become  a  CGE  member  and  stay  in  touch!    

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Citizens’ Greener Evanston works to make Evanston a more sustainable community— environmentally, economically and socially—and to address climate change by dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. greenerevanston.org

 

CGE Renewable Energy Fact Sheet Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCEA) June 2012

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Citizens’ Greener Evanston works to make Evanston a more sustainable community— environmentally, economically and socially—and to address climate change by dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. greenerevanston.org

 

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