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Oak Park, IL Community
Percentage Green Power 91.9%
Participation Rate* 95%
Provider(s) Integrys Energy, On-site Generation
Green Power Community Since February 2012
Community Green Power Web Page exit EPA
Community Profile
The Village of Oak Park, Illinois is internationally known as being the home of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, and the birthplace of Nobel Prize author Ernest Hemingway. It is also known nationally as the most culturally diverse and integrated community thanks in large part to its long standing commitment to fair housing. With the turn of the century came a new benchmark era for Oak Park as residents embraced an urban sustainability lifestyle, and asking its government agencies to incorporate sustainable standards in all parts of Village life. In 2010 Oak Park partnered with its neighbor the Village of River Forest to create a community-wide sustainability vison plan. One of the plan's top energy priorities was cost-effective investment in renewable energy. One cost effective approach is to switch electrical suppliers and demand a carbon neutral electric supply. Oak Park took the concept one step further by becoming the first municipality in Illinois and possibly the nation to choose an all-green power portfolio standard for its residents and small business operators who participate in Oak Park's Community Choice Aggregation program. As Village President David Pope explained it, “The fact that the electricity generated by wind power is being used someplace else doesn’t change the fact that Oak Parkers are responsible for getting the total amount of electricity they used added to the grid from wind-based generation sources.” One of the biggest benefits accrued to the Village of Oak Park through its aggregation program was a sense of community pride not only for committing to a purchase of 100 percent local wind renewable energy certificates (RECs) that will reduce local emissions by 171,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, but also for leading hundreds of other municipalities to start aggregation programs, many of whom also requested rates for 100 percent renewable energy portfolios.

*Reflects the percentage of residents and businesses in the community choosing to use green power for a portion of their electricity use.

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