Ohio symbolizes the way aggregation can be a complicated mix of idealism and pragmatism, of making realistic deals in the present while hoping for more sweeping changes in the future.
Chicago’s City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday approving municipal aggregation and a contract with Integrys Energy Services to provide the city’s electricity. Where that electricity will ultimately be sourced from, however, remains unclear.
A community choice aggregation activist says Chicago can have its cake and eat it too – generating cost savings while sparking a boom of local and regional renewable energy construction; creating solar, co-generation, wind and other installations owned largely by the city and individual residents.
Chicago voters have approved a ballot referendum authorizing the city to move forward with municipal aggregation, wherein the city will buy electricity on behalf of close to one million residents.
As Chicago moves closer to a decision on whether to adopt municipal aggregation for electricity, advocates are hoping the city's purchasing power can be used to advance renewable energy.