Energy Efficiency in Chicago

Sustainable energy within a city has the power to develop and help create a more efficient growing city. Within last year, the city of Chicago had a yearly average of $1,800 energy cost per household spending. In order to improve energy spending and efficiency, the city needs to upgrade thousands of buildings, which in the long run will result in a more clean, healthy, and affordable community.

In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel proposed a plan that will help create the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. Through this series of projects, the Windy City will utilize an amount of about $225 million, which in the long run will help save more then $20 millions each year. This policy has not yet been changed; furthermore, its results have been very effective. Some of the main goals of this plan are: improving citywide energy efficiency by 5%, improving municipal buildings energy by 10%, and help create an additional 20 MW of renewable energy.  As of 2010 Chicago has been 22% towards the 2020 emission reduction goal, with the percentage increasing every year. Due to the Chicago Infrastructure Trust plan, the city has become more efficient and its electricity is becoming more clean.

Although the city council is finding ways and consulting plans to create cleaner energy, it is up to us as the residents to help maintain our city efficient and corporate. Everyone deserves the benefits of clean energy, which will increase comfort, create jobs, and protect our environment.


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5 thoughts on “Energy Efficiency in Chicago

  1. Buildings even outside of Chicago are one of the biggest consumers of energy. When I was looking up Chicago policies for my blog post I saw that the city offers a bunch of services to help residents make their homes more environmentally friendly. Although the buildings themselves can be designed and retrofitted to be more sustainable, in the end the energy source that powers these buildings is what pollutes the environment. Chicago is improving in this department, especially after closing the Fisk and Crawford power plants. So I agree with your point that it’s up to the residents to make the city better for the environment, but there are some sustainability problems that need the backing of governmental programs/policies.


  2. I actually had not heard of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust before, and appreciate the initiative to develop a financial plan to renovate old buildings. I am amazed at the amount of older buildings in Chicago and had only recently understood how much negative effect they have on our energy system.


  3. Ssoreanu8, your blog post was very informative and well written. I appreciated your use of statistics which helped prove your point, infrastructure change is needed. With the ridiculous cost of energy that Chicagoans spend each year, it is clear that older buildings are becoming more wasteful as the years go by. It costs more to heat a home which leaks the warm air, and other such problems. Hopefully we will be able to invest in modern infrastructure to reduce our city’s emissions. In the meantime, teaching Chicagoans of sustainable practices and renovating their homes will be a great start.


  4. I too have been unaware of this Chicago Infrastructure Plan, and after your blog I have looked it up and find it very interesting. I also agree Ssoreanu8 with your closing statement. It is critically important that it is the responsibility of the residents and individual people and their lifestyles that will yield the greatest impact on a sustainable future, not larger companies and governments, though their leadership is still important.


  5. This post has really great insight on what impacts that energy will have on the future. It is without a doubt that until infrastructure is changed, that things will actually change. It is a change in lifestyle and a change in how residents view this change as well. With more education and innovations, the future is definitely going to have more efficient energy.


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