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|City To Use Renewable Energy For Electricity Supply
|At tonight's Galesburg City Council meeting, aldermen were recommended an energy plan that would provide significant savings to residents.
After a briefing on why the selection was recommended, the Council decided to go another direction and use an option that would supply Galesburg's electricity with 100 percent renewable energy.
The plan would use Homefield Energy as the City's supplier with a 24 month contract.
Using all forms of renewable energy, including: wind, solar, and natural gas are all part of Homefield's renewable package.
Fifth Ward Alderman Peter Schwartzman says that due to where Galesburg is located, it is wise to think about the renewable aspect of the energy usage.
"To recognize that we in this community have power to negotiate with the big guys and use our collective power to lower the rates," says Schwartzman. "What we are essentially doing is we're cutting electricity bills by a quarter."
As part of it's consulting, DaCott Energy recommends the City look at the next contract period's best deal while the current plan is currently in use.
Scott Childs with DaCott Energy says that the energy price is somewhat out of the City's control.
"The next best deal may happen this summer or a year and a half from now, I don't know because I can't tell you what the market curve is going to look like at that time," says Childs. "You are right with the caveat that it is a commodity."
Mayor Sal Garza noted the process from idea to selecting a provider took the City three years.
The Council approved the measure 7-1.
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