Lightfoot Administration Advances Renewable Energy Commitment
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday that the city had signed an energy supply agreement to help meet its commitment to purchase renewable energy for all city facilities and operations by 2025, The agreement with retail electricity supplier Constellation is for an initial five-year term beginning in January 2023.
As part of the agreement with Constellation, beginning in 2025, the city will partially source its large energy uses such as the airports, Harold Washington Library Center and Jardine Water Purification Plant with renewable energy from a new solar generation installation currently being developed downstate by Swift Current Energy. Construction of the solar project is expected to start before year’s end.
“We are providing a clean energy solution that will help the City of Chicago significantly reduce its carbon footprint and make a tangible, positive impact in the fight against climate change,” said Jim McHugh, chief commercial officer, Constellation.