Resident input needed on energy use, sustainability

Village hall wants participation in nationally recognized program

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The village of Oak Park is looking for residents to participate in two separate public meetings to get their thoughts on the energy aggregation program and sustainability issues.

Oak Park received national recognition in 2012 for its community electricity aggregation program, which successfully reduced the bills for businesses and residents while switching to 100 percent green technology.

Changes in electricity rates, however, will result in a reconfiguring of the program, and the village will soon seek bids from electricity providers on the open market for the program, according to a village news release. 

"The Community Choice Aggregation Program, which bundles residential and small-business accounts to reduce costs, was approved by voters in April 2011 and the subsequent bid process garnered a provider that not only offered a lower cost, but also guaranteed power from cleaner sources," according to the news release.

The public meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m., March 6 and 13, at village hall, 123 Madison St.

More information about the program is available on the village website at

Contact for more information.

The village also is calling on Oak Parkers to participate in an online sustainability study that involves issues such as energy consumption, quality of life and transportation.

The report is called, "A Study of the Sustainability Implications of Differing Urban + Suburban Locations in Chicago," and is being conducted through a partnership between the village, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The study is led by Oak Park resident Antony Wood, Ph.D, according to the news release.

The online survey is available at Questions can be directed to


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