For over a year and a half, the Environmental Protection Agency has ranked the City of Evanston among a select group of nationwide community leaders in green power usage and repeatedly named the City to their list of the top 30 local governments users of renewable energy.
On January 25, the EPA announced that the City of Evanston had once again made the short-list, ranking the City at number 30 in its quarterly report, the U.S. EPA’s Top 30 Local Government list.
Evanston’s own mayor, Elizabeth Tisdahl, has her comments highlighted at the top of the report. “Using 100 percent renewable energy is not only good for our community and the environment, it furthers Evanston’s goal of being the most livable city in America,” Mayor Tisdahl’s quote reads.
Evanston uses over 12.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green energy annually. The green power that the city uses composes 68 percent of the city’s total energy consumption, according to the report from the EPA. In order to source this green energy, the City purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) from MC Squared Energy Services and generates power from the Evanston Water Treatment Facility’s rooftop solar energy system. In a partnership with Homefield Energy’s electricity aggregation program, the City provides our community’s residents and small businesses that joined the program with 100 percent renewable energy.
The City was first named to the EPA’s Top 30 Local Governments list in July 2014, and was ranked at #20 on the list. Part of this success came from the Evanston City Council’s adoption in May 2014 of the next phase of the “Evanston Livability Plan,” which aims for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2016 compared to 2005 baseline levels.
This January, the EPA also ranked the City of Evanston’s neighbor, Northwestern University, on the EPA’s Top 30 Colleges and Universities list of green energy users at number 4. Northwestern uses 122,014,800 kilowatt-hours of green power, composed of solar and wind power, each year – at 50 percent of the university’s total energy use.
To read more about the City’s green energy usage, go to: http://cityofevanston.org/sustainability/renewable-energy/