Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to pick an alternate electricity supplier and decide how much renewable energy they want.

The decision will be based on price figures to be received later today from three pre-qualified energy suppliers and must be locked in by tomorrow — underscoring the volitile nature of the electric supply market.

The hot issue for aldermen is likely to be whether to go with 75 percent renewable energy, as recommended by city staff, or the 100 percent level environmental activists are seeking.

Either level would meet the goals of the city’s Climate Action Plan, but the 100 percent level will, based on price estimates the city has received previously, cost about 1 percent more.

The aldermen also must decide whether to lock in the price for one or two years. Two-year pricing ran about 7 percent higher in the preliminary estimates, but because of the volitile market, city staff is recommending going with the two-year option as long as the final price spread is less than 10 percent.

Evanston voters overwhelmingly approved the alternate energy supplier program in a referendum vote last month, as part of a process outlined by the state legislature.

Assuming aldermen approve the program tonight, residents will be switched to the new supplier later this year unless they opt to continue to get their electricity from Commonwealth Edison.

The program is expected to cut residential electric supply costs by about a third from what ComEd now charges.

ComEd will continue to charge customers for delivering the power and the supply and delivery charges will appear on a single bill provided by ComEd.

Tonight’s special City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Related document

City Council meeting packet

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Save Money AND Go Green

    By aggregation with 100% renewable energy, we will

    • save more than $200 year for the average household
    • reduce our community's carbon emissions by 626 million pounds
    • meet the C02 footprint reduction goal established by the Evanston Climate Action Plan in the most cost effective manner possible–one that save money
    • join Oak Park as the only community* in Illinois using 100% renewable energy

    We're almost there! Let's make the most of this historic opportunity.

    Jonathan Nieuwsma

    Citizen's Greener Evanston


    *Revision:  Oak Park is no longer the only other community with 100% renewable.  A consortium of seven northwest subruarns aggregated with 100% renewable last week: Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Palatine, Vernon Hills and Wheeling.  Their savings: 42% on energy supply or about 20% on the entire bill.  More info here.



  2. What are the 100% Renewable ?

    Crops ?  Think of the food supply affectted.  Since they are about 66% as effective as gasoline,you need more of it, wear on equipment is much more expensive, stated price is not the real cost given government subsidies [I be in favor of getting rid of all government subsidies on all products so we know what they really cost],

    Wind ? Solar ?  Hydro ? Not likely in this area—-maybe in North Dackota  for wind but even the Kennedy's fought wind power—it blocked their view !

    Nuclear ?  Not with all the Ludites and fear mongers.  Eventually we will all be forced to adimit it is the only real solution all other  these others are just at the margin.

    It is easy to claim renewable but getting it is another story.

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