Oak Park looks for input on new energy provider

Village hall plans to hold meetings on the topic in June and July

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

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.   

CONTACT: mstempniak@wjinc.com

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resident from OP  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 6:01 PM

I hope Oak Park will consider providing an incentive for owners of multi-unit buildings to incorporate wind and/or solar energy at their point of use. We'd all like to be selling power back to Com-Ed!

Power Source  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 11:50 AM

Like it or not, Oak Park power generation will primarily still come from coal and nuclear, regardless of provider choice - it's simple science. It's impractical and nearly impossible to harvest solar or wind power and directly transmit it to Oak Park. If it makes you feel better that you are profiting a so-called green reseller of power, so be it, but just be aware of the realities.


Posted: June 18th, 2011 3:58 PM

people don't even vote in board elections once every few years . .now they're supposed to turn out in droves to wrestle with energy provider decisions? the few people who did vote used their liberal reflex to be highminded "green" but had you asked them what would be required of them. . .who knows. like asking a child if they want to choose what they eat and then after the fact telling them they need to grow the food and cook it themselves. maybe they like what they are offered

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