By 2025, buildings owned by the city of Chicago are to be powered by 100% renewable energy such as wind and solar, according to an announcement earlier this month by the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
If implemented, Chicago will become the largest U.S. city to decarbonize the energy supply of its public buildings.
“By committing the energy used to power our public buildings to wind and solar energy, we are sending a clear signal that we remain committed to building a 21st century economy here in Chicago,” Emanuel said in a press release.
To meet the commitment, a strategy of on-site generation, utility-supplied renewable energy, and the acquisition of renewable energy credits will be implemented.
The plan focuses primarily on wind and solar energy to accomplish the goal, and therefore is expected to also contribute to the city’s job growth. Purchases of renewable energy equipment are slated to begin in 2018.
Other progress Chicago is making to become less reliant on fossil fuels includes:
• Retrofit Chicago—a cross-sector effort driving energy efficiency in municipal, commercial and residential buildings across the city, saving money, reducing carbon emissions, and creating jobs. The following video explains how residents in certain areas of the city have access to free or low-cost energy efficiency equipment or insulation under the program.
• The city recently received a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its protection of the environment through outstanding contributions to energy efficiency.