– from the Introduction:
The vast majority of Americans support the use of renewable energy, with solar and wind enjoying strong support across the political spectrum and in every region of the country. Yet even with renewables now competitively priced, most cities and counties lack access to clean energy options and still cannot choose to buy clean energy. Without access to the energy market, most cities cannot meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets and sustainability goals in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
Cities in Illinois, however, have harnessed a little-known local energy model called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA; also known as municipal aggregation) to switch to clean power and save their ratepayers millions of dollars. In fact, since 2013 over 90 Illinois towns, representing 1.7 million people, transitioned to 100% renewable electricity by using Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
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