Chicago Tackles Supply and Demand in Two Energy Initiatives

In advancing the city’s sustainability agenda, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced developments in two energy initiatives that target both energy supply and demand.

Doubling wind energy

The Mayor’s administration negotiated a deal with energy suppliers to secure five percent of the electricity provided through the city’s municipal aggregation program from Illinois wind farms. This new agreement stands to double the amount of wind energy to customers, reducing the city’s carbon footprint by 16 percent – the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars from the streets.

Mayor Emanuel said: “Through the success of the municipal aggregation program, the City of Chicago has decreased its carbon footprint while delivering savings to residents and small businesses. By supporting Illinois wind farms and eliminating coal from the city’s portfolio, Chicagoans will build a cleaner, healthier environment for our children.”

Implementing a smart grid network

In a second announcement, Mayor Emanuel shared that the city will kick off the implementation of its smart grid network, installing smart meters throughout the city that will be manufactured at a Chicago facility. The Mayor joined GE and other partners to announce new smart grid contracts that will bring millions of dollars of investment and new jobs to Chicago.

Mayor Emanuel said: “Chicago’s new Smart Grid is substantially increasing economic opportunity for the City, by adding both manufacturing and professional jobs, opening new offices and facilities, and helping Chicago residents conserve electricity and save money. A modern, high-tech electric infrastructure is essential for Chicago’s global economic competitiveness.”

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