Sierra Club Statement on Coal-Free Agreement for Chicago Municipal Buildings
CHICAGO – Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new contract with Constellation New Energy to provide energy for the city of Chicago’s municipal buildings with coal-free energy. This agreement will deliver a 2 percent discount on the City’s energy bill. This announcement builds on the City’s municipal aggregation agreement established in late 2012 eliminating coal from the energy mix for Chicago residents.
In response to today’s news, Sierra Club Illinois Chapter Director Jack Darin released the following statement:
“Mayor Emanuel’s announcement is an important next step toward eliminating dirty energy from Chicago’s energy mix. Chicago’s most important buildings like City Hall, O’hare and Midway airports, city libraries and police and fire stations will all be powered by coal-free energy.
“Municipal aggregation is already saving Chicago residents money on their electric bills, and Chicago’s coal-free goals are reducing emissions from dangerous coal-fired power plants. Choosing to get rid of coal in the city of Chicago means cleaner air and better rates for our city.”