Everyone in Evanston uses energy whether to charge their phone, cook a meal or wash their hands. How energy is used can impact the air we breathe, our utility bills and the environment through pollution and climate change. Those considerations are particularly important because the Chicago region as a whole has lower air quality partially because of pollution released from vehicles and industry exhaust.
For people in Evanston, energy costs can make it even harder to meet monthly bills and housing expenses. In Evanston, 40% of all households are housing cost burdened and part of that burden is caused by energy costs. Energy affects all of us.
The City of Evanston wants to hear what your priorities are for Evanston’s energy future to help us improve the air we breathe, lower utility bills, support healthier cleaner jobs and achieve 100% renewable energy to fight the climate crisis.
Share your priorities for Evanston’s Energy Future
Evanston Energy Facts
Attend one of our three Energy Future Virtual Webinars (The first webinar will be recorded and future webinars will cover the same content). Click the link below to register, registration is required.
Evanston's Energy Future Webinar #3 - Thursday, July 23rd 6:00-7:00pm
ComEd Franchise Agreement, Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCA) and the Municipal Electric Supply Agreement (electricity for City buildings).
ComEd Franchise Agreement - Evanston’s agreement with ComEd is a 5-year agreement that expires in September, 2020. The agreement gives ComEd the authority to continue to provide Evanston customers with electricity through their distribution system (power lines, substations, etc.). This agreement includes details on reliability in Evanston, infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, and clean energy. As a part of this agreement ComEd provides the City with unbilled electricity for about 20 public facilities. The money for this is paid for by Evanston ratepayers, more detail here. More information about Franchise Agreements and how they are used can be found at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL’s) webpage here.
Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCA - The Citizens’ Utility Board has an excellent webpage describing this program which you can view here. Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCA) allows local governments the option to bundle together residential and small commercial retail electric accounts and seek proposals for a potentially cleaner, cheaper source of power. Evanston has had a CCA since 2012 and since 2014 all electricity supplied to Evanston residents has been 100% renewable through the purchase of renewable energy credits from Illinois renewable energy developments or a neighboring state. Evanston’s agreement was just extended and now expires in June, 2021.Municipal Electric Supply Agreement - This is just a fancy way of saying the contract that covers most of the City buildings and facilities electricity use, like the Water Treatment Plant, Robert Crown Center and other public facilities. This agreement expires in December, 2020.
Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) - Represents the interests of residential utility customers across the state. They can help residents with questions about their bills or if they feel they have been targeted by fraud.
Understand My Bill - ComEd - Learn what all the different charges and fees are on your bill and see how your usage has changed over time.Understand My Bill - Nicor Gas - Learn what all the different charges and fees are on your bill and see how your usage has changed over time.