USEPA recognizes Village for using green power
The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has named Oak Park a Green Power Community of the Year for its electricity aggregation program that purchases power and credits from 100-percent green sources like wind and solar. Oak Park was among 24 organizations to be honored by the USEPA with Green Power Leadership Awards for advancing the national renewal electricity market. The Village also was co-winner of the USEPA'sGreen Power Community (GPC) Challenge, a program designed to encourage communities to boost use of green power. More than 30 EPA Green Power Communities across the country participated in the challenge. But with nearly 92 percent of Oak Park's local government, residential and business electricity coming from green power sources, the Village program rose to the top of the competition. According to the EPA, Oak Park's collective green power usage of more than 170 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) is equal to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 23,000 passenger vehicles per year, and is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 15,000 homes annually. Oak Park shared the community of the year award with Beaverton, OR, and the challenge win with Washington, D.C. For more information on Oak Park's green initiatives, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electricity aggregation program wins award
Oak Park's Community Choice Aggregation program was awarded a Bright Ideas Award from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Business, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Oak Park's program, which bundled accounts and purchased electricity for the community's residential and small business properties through a competitive bid process, was among 111 government programs honored. Honorees included school districts, county, city, state and federal agencies, and public-private partnerships. Programs were evaluated and selected by a team of policy experts from academic and public sectors. Click here for more information on the awards program.
All-electric buildings can now join aggregation program
Following the recent Village Board approval of an amendment to the Community Choice Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance, residents of all-electric properties now can join Oak Park's Community Choice Aggregation program. These customers previously had enjoyed a supply rate cheaper than Oak Park's aggregation fixed rate of 5.79 cents per kilowatt hour. However, ComEd changed the rate structure for all-electric heat customers early this summer. The rate for these customers, which number about at 1,000, now exceeds Oak Park's rate and is expected to increase next year. Integrys, Oak Park's energy provider, has sent out letters inviting these all-electric heat customers to join the Village aggregation program. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.