I am moved by the impassioned opposition to the village board's recent decision on energy aggregation. I have read all of your emails (although I may not have had the opportunity to personally respond), and I have taken your positions to heart.
This should be, and will continue to be, an ongoing dialogue as we move forward. Your voices and actions will be taken into consideration when future energy decisions are made (no matter who is on the village board), so please, keep talking!
Because this was a difficult vote, I wanted to share two of the major factors I considered in my vote:
1) A focus on economic diversity. A more expensive plan (even at $5 per month, and possibly more), would disproportionately affect less economically advantaged households in Oak Park. On one extreme, some individuals on Social Security take home as little as $721 per month. But even middle-income families have to be mindful of every dollar in order to keep up with Oak Park costs of living. If our village strives for economic diversity as I believe it does, we should be cautious about policies that impose costs disproportionately on less economically advantaged households.
2) Everyone can still go green! This was unquestionably the determining factor in my vote. Those of us who can absorb the cost of green energy still can! We have the option to go green. I am personally committed to educating residents how to opt for a cleaner energy alternative.
To the latter point, I think the best way Oak Parkers can show their commitment to green energy is to choose a green energy provider this time around. If the vast majority of us do so, then this decision should be much easier the next time around. So please, Go Green!
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