Chime In: Wilmette Power Aggregation, Cheapest Option or More Renewable Energy?
For Wilmette’s electrical power aggregation plan, some residents want the village to select the cheapest option, while others want the plan to include a higher percentage of electricity from renewable sources.
The Village of Wilmette held the first of two public hearings on its electrical aggregation program Tuesday.
On March 20, Wilmette and Kenilworth voters authorized the villages to seek cheaper electricity supply for residential and commercial retail customers who have not opted out of the program.
For the full story, read Wilmette Residents Mixed on Cost and Sustainability.
Patch reader Frederick Keady wrote: "Sustainability is just a pretext to take consumers' money and freedom."
Willie Wilmette wrote on Patch: "Would you not agree that it would be OK if we let the consumers choose from the 2 options?"
Go Green Wilmette, a local nonprofit that supports creating a sustainable environment, has been urging the village to choose electricity with a minimum of 50 percent coming from renewable sources in its plan of governance. The group hopes the village will take environmental costs into consideration when selecting an electricity supplier.
“The low upfront costs from aging coal and nuclear plants are enticing in this time of economic hardship, but it is important to not lose sight of all the hidden costs already paid in the form of government subsidies to environmentally harmful energy sources and the higher expenditures for health care as a result of pollution,” Go Green Wilmette recently wrote on Patch.
We want to know: Do you think the Village of Wilmette should choose the cheapest option, more renewable energy or offer residents both options?