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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.

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Patch reader wrote: "Sustainability is just a pretext to take consumers' money and freedom."

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,”.

We want to know: Do you think the Village of Wilmette should choose the cheapest option, more renewable energy or offer residents both options?

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ScottyB May 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
@Fredrick Keady - what evidence, study, or empirical data can you cite to justify your comment that sustainability is a pretext to take money and freedom? The difference to use aggregate sustainable electricity is $1/mo. (IIT/Wilmette 2012) per household. That's $12/yr. You would still be making a substantial savings per month over current prices, just $1 less savings per month. The plan should be that sustainable electricity should be the decision, then you and like minded individuals can opt out and select coal fired electricity.

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