If you are confused about the Wilmette/Kenilworth electrical aggregation and the choices it offers bring your questions and concerns to the Go Green Wilmette booth at Wilmette's farmers market on May 5 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Come and join the conversation and get helpful information on some of the following topics:
- What does the aggregation actually mean for residents?
- What are the cost differentials between the options under consideration?
- What are the important factors in regard to clean energy vs. dirty energy?
- Why is the reduction of greenhouse gases important?
- What happens if you're in the smart meter program?
- Should residents of Wilmette/Kenilworth "opt out" of the aggregation?
Can I get a better rate on my own?
- How does an option for renewable energy work?
A grass roots group of church communities, civic groups, and concerned citizens believe that our communities have more at stake than simply cost in choosing an alternative electricity supplier from whom to purchase electricity.
They are urging the Village Boards of Wilmette and Kenilworth to factor into their judgments the total costs of power production, not simply the immediate dollar savings.
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.
Every day in Illinois, all of us breathe emissions from coal-fired power plants. The effects of air pollution most seriously threaten the health of children, people with respiratory problems, and seniors, but the health and well-being of our total community is also impacted.
Wilmette can join other communities like Oak Park which has already reduced the emission of greenhouse gases by more than 15 percent and reduced their average energy costs by 25 precent while sourcing up to 100 percent of their power from renewable green energy sources. Since the March 20 referendums, neighboring communities like Lake Forest and Evanston have already made similar commitments.
Wilmette's farmers market is located at the Village Center, near the Metra station.