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Large Purchasers of Green Power

City of Chicago

July 2013 - The City of Chicago announced it has increased its use of renewable energy to 5% wind. The power will be purchased from downstate wind farms as a result of recent negotiations with Itegrys Energy. In November 2012, Chicago voters approved a municipal aggregation program which allows the city to negotiate cheaper energy rates on citizens' behalf. Through the aggregation program, the city selected Integrys Energy as its electricity supplier while the previous supplier, ComEd, will continue to deliver the electricity. This switch allowed the city to modify its power mix to 95% natural gas and 5% wind—displacing its previous use of 43% coal. The aggregation program has helped residents and small businesses save an estimated $21 million on electricity bills since February 2013.

Press Release - Mayor Emanuel Announces City Aggregation Doubles the Amount of Wind Energy to Customers, Removing the Equivalent of 100,000 Cars From Streets

Additional Information - Perfect Power Institute Spotlight on Early Adopters, Chicago, IL

Additional Information - Illinois Communities Opt for Community Choice Aggregation

August 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest list of top green power purchasers. Retaining their places at the top of the list were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, City of Houston, and Dell Inc.

There were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list including: Washington, D.C. (No. 14), TD Bank, N.A. (No. 15), the state of Illinois (No. 23), Pearson, Inc. (No. 27), Chicago Public Schools (No. 35), and Harris N.A. (No. 42). BD (No. 19) and the Port of Portland (No. 49) both rose in the rankings by nearly doubling their green power purchases.

Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12 billion kWh annually, or approximately 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Announces Nation's Top 50 Green Power Organizations

Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827 or 202-564-4355

July 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership announced that green power buyers in Illinois combined for purchases of more than 445 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from renewable resources for 2008. The City of Chicago topped green power buyers in the state, with a purchase of 215 million kWh of wind and biomass energy from MidAmerican Energy. Other large buyers included PepsiAmericas Inc., which purchased 157 million kWh from Sterling Planet, Northwestern University in Evanston, and healthcare company Baxter International Inc. An additional six Illinois companies were recognized by the Partnership for buying enough green power to supply 100% of their electricity demand for the year. These were General Converting Inc., Talbott Hotel, Goodness Greenness, Tartan Realty Group, Digital Hub, and Farr Associates.

News Release: EPA'S Illinois Green Power Partners Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 2001 - The City of Chicago and 48 local government agencies have selected ComEd to supply 10% of their aggregated electricity needs with renewable power. Under the agreement, ComEd will increase the percentage of green power supply to 20% after five years, representing 80 MW of annual renewable power capacity from sources such as wind, solar, small hydro, and landfill gas.

ComEd's profits from the sale of green power to the City will go into a Reinvestment Fund, which will be used to help attract and develop new renewable generation within the area. ComEd will administer the fund through the Environmental Resources Trust, a Washington D.C. based auditing group that also will substantiate and track ComEd's green purchases.

July 2000 - The City of Chicago has joined with 47 other local government bodies in a load aggregation effort that will include green power. A specific requirement of the group is that 20% of the power provided—80 MW out of 400 MW—come from renewable energy sources by 2005. The green power requirement will start at 3% in 2001 and increase over time. A request-for-services has been issued to the 13 power providers that have been licensed to sell power in Illinois' deregulated power market.

News Release - Mayor Daley Announces City-Suburban Joint Power Purchase

More Information - Illinois Commerce Commission's "Plug In Illinois" web site

City of Chicago Contact: Steven Walter


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