Glen Ellyn’s Board of Trustees has the vision to look at a new opportunity that has positive ramifications for the local economy and the environment. Other communities have entered into “electrical aggregation” contracts to purchase electricity at favorable rates. The Board has been studying this, and agreed unanimously that the Village staff should explore an “opt-out” program that allows the Village to serve as an intermediary to buy electricity for its residences and small businesses at favorable rates. “Opt-out” simply means customers can choose not to participate. Either way, electricity is still delivered through ComEd’s lines. Today, towns have the flexibility to consider renewable power think wind or solar from Midwest sources) at affordable rates. Many towns in Illinois have chosen to do this. This allows us to spend less money on electricity, which allows us to keep more money in the local economy. It also reduces air pollution in the Midwest, and causes less environmental damage. The Board needs our encouragement to assure that renewable power is given the full consideration it deserves. A decision is pending soon. A referendum will be required.
Jeff Gahris, Glen Ellyn Cool Cities Coalition