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Electricity aggregation supports renewable initiatives

Oak Park has extended its electricity aggregation program for an additional seven months with Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2). Effective with the October meter reads, the contract ensures aggregation participants will never pay more than those customers whose electricity is supplied by ComEd. In addition, the electricity supply rate includes the three-tenths of one cent per kilowatt hour fee that goes into a Village fund created in 2015 to help support local renewable energy projects. Oak Park residents and small businesses also may continue to subscribe to the community program that supports northern Illinois solar facilities that are expected to come online later this year. More details on community solar is posted at

About aggregation…Electricity aggregation allows municipalities to bundle residential and smaller business accounts, then use competitive bidding to seek lower rates from alternate suppliers. Aggregation does not alter the actual delivery of electricity, which is provided by ComEd. In fact, consumers have the option of choosing from retail electric suppliers approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Officials urge those who elect to choose an electricity provider from the state’s list to read the fine print carefully. Contracts may contain unexpected fees and penalties to cancel. For answers to questions about Oak Park’s Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Program, call 708.358.5778 or email

New campaign to promote energy efficiency home improvements
Oak Park is rolling out its Better Homes, Better Planet sustainability campaign to pair homeowners, renters and landlords with tools to help lower energy bills and reduce the Village’s carbon footprint on the planet. The energy used by Oak Park’s residential properties is the biggest local contributor to climate change. That’s why the Village is focusing on programs that not only are environmentally friendly, but also help make homes more comfortable and lower utility bills. Programs in place and on the drawing board include support for community solar initiatives, energy assessments, weatherization, energy efficiency improvements and grants for income-eligible residents. For more information, call 708.358.5770, email or visit