Palos Hills recognized for green energy use

  • Written by Kelly White

Go green. That’s what some residents in Palos Hills have decided to do during the transition to a new electrical supplier, according to city officials.

FirstEnergy Solutions offered residents and some businesses in Palos Hills a green energy option for only a few cents more per kilowatt, and since the August 2012 changeover from ComEd the city has used 5 megawatts of green energy. Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett at Tuesday’s City Council meeting presented to the city a certificate of recognition from FirstEnergy Solutions.

“It’s great to see that residents are taking advantage of the green option available to them,” Bennett said.

 Green energy produced in such a way as to minimize its negative impact on the environment. Traditional energy sources, most notably fossil fuels, produce greenhouse gases that are believed to be the primary cause of an effect known as global warming or climate change. Sources of green energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro energy have been promoted as alternative sources that make little or no contribution to climate change. Nuclear energy is sometimes considered a green energy source because some types of nuclear technology produce less waste than either oil and coal.

Bennett reported that 6,858 Palos Hills residents have chosen to opt in to the electrical aggregation program, whereas 220 residents have decided to stay with ComEd. Slightly more than 700 other accounts were not eligible because the resident is currently in contract with another energy supplier, and 68 opt-out forms were returned because they were undeliverable. The exact number of residents or businesses within the city who chose the green energy option is not available. The option was made available to all residents and businesses that opted into the electrical aggregation program last year.

Alderman Joan Knox (1st Ward) questioned whether or not residents currently in contract with FirstEnergy Solutions could change their account over to the green option. With a two year contract, FirstEnergy Solutions Corporation’s electrical aggregation agreement with the city continues through the July 2014 billing cycle.

“I, myself, would like to switch over if it is possible to change now without having to wait for the contact to be expire,” Knox said. “I think if the option is available to switch over to green energy, a lot of residents might consider it.”