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City of Evanston

May 2012 - The City of Evanston, Illinois, selected Constellation Energy to be the city's community choice aggregation (CCA) electricity provider. In response to the recently approved CCA referendum, which was supported by 73 percent of Evanston voters, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy. Constellation Energy will provide Evanston with 100 percent renewable electricity for a term of 12 months at a rate of 4.797¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is about 38 percent lower than the city's current residential electric rate. Renewable energy for the program will be provided by the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind projects in Illinois and adjacent states.

The City of Peoria, Illinois, selected Homefield Energy as the city's CCA electricity provider. Homefield Energy will provide 100 percent renewable electricity to Peoria over a two-year period, at a rate of 4.08¢/kWh. Renewable electricity for Peoria's CCA program will be provided by the purchase of RECs, sourced from various renewable energy projects. Customers will be receiving opt-out letters by the end of May, and will have 15 days to respond if they do not wish to participate in the CCA program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, as a Green Power Community for choosing renewable energy sources for its CCA program. Green Power Communities are cities, towns and villages whose local government, businesses and residents collectively purchase green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA's green power purchasing requirements. Oak Park uses 191 million kWh of green power annually, and ranks first among Green Power Communities in terms of the percentage green power, with about 83 percent of the village's total electricity use provided by green power.

News Release - Evanston to Buy its Own Energy, Save Residents Money and Help Achieve Climate Action Goals

News Release - Constellation Energy Chosen by Evanston, Illinois to Supply Low-Cost Electricity and Green Energy to Residents

News Release - Municipal Electricity Aggregation Results

News Release - EPA designates Oak Park a Green Power Community

Additional Information - Evanston Community Choice Electricity Aggregation

Maureen Brown, Constellation Energy, 410-470-9700
Christopher Setti, City of Peoria, 309-494-8618
David Powers, Village of Oak Park, 708-358-5781
K.C. Poulos, Village of Oak Park, 708-358-5778

February 2007 - The City of Evanston, Illinois has committed to use green power for 20% of the electricity needs of its municipal facilities. Under an agreement with Constellation NewEnergy, Evanston is purchasing 5.5 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy facilities. The RECs purchase will add about $7,000 to the cost of the energy agreement, or 0.13¢/kWh.

The decision to purchase RECs is another step in the city's ongoing environmental efforts, which include replacing city traffic lights with energy efficient bulbs and using cleaner burning bio-diesel fuel in city vehicles.

News Release - Constellation NewEnergy Signs Renewable Energy Agreement with the City of Evanston, Illinois

News Article - City Officials Say Evanston Will Support Wind Power


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