Back in April, Oak Park voters told village hall that they were, in fact, interested in the community looking for a new energy provider, possibly one that offers green alternatives created by wind or the sun. Following that vote, local officials are preparing to host meetings this summer to ask residents what they’re looking for in a new power provider.
Voters resoundingly approved the ballot measure in April (66.2 percent said "yes"), which asked whether village hall should seek competitive bids from energy providers on the open market.
Following that, residents can voice their feelings on Oak Park’s new energy plan during public meetings on June 28 and July 7. Those get-togethers will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held at village hall, 123 Madison, according to a press release.
Oak Park then plans to craft a "request for proposals" to send out to power companies. If the village receives favorable bids, it would then enter into a one-year contract with a power company. ComEd would continue to administer power and provide customer service to residents, such as billing and responding to power outages. Residents would have the option to "opt out" of the program and continue getting their juice from Exelon.
Officials said back in April that they hoped to the alternative energy option in place by this fall.