Evanston enters 30-month partnership with Chicago firm for electricity aggregation program

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The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. City Council reached an agreement with MC Squared Energy Services LLC in another step toward 2050’s goal of carbon neutrality.

Nick Francis, Copy Chief

In an effort to incentivize energy efficiency and reduce barriers to renewable energy access, City Council approved a two-and-a-half-year funding agreement with Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC., according to a Thursday news release.

This partnership continues the city’s community choice electricity aggregation program, which aims to increase Evanston’s renewable energy usage and furthers the goals set by Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan. 

So far, the city’s electricity aggregation program has already reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million metric tons since 2012, the release said. Under CARP, the city plans to reach a full renewable energy plan by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Part of the agreement says MC Squared will provide $1.25 million in revenue to the city over the 30 months to further consolidate electricity supply. 

“The remaining funding (will be) put toward things like low-income solar energy efficiency and other things that help reduce people’s greenhouse gas emissions,” Kumar Jensen, chief sustainability and resilience officer, told The Daily. “We may also use some of it to provide utility payment assistance.”

The agreement also guarantees energy prices won’t surpass ComEd’s current rate, ensuring residents won’t have to pay higher prices to move toward renewable energy, Jensen said.

While residents will be automatically enrolled in the program, they can also enroll manually. Anyone joining manually should have their 10-digit ComEd account number on hand.

The city and MC Squared will send out mailers to residents in the next month, explaining the plan in further detail. 

To opt out, residents must fill out the mail’s enclosed opt-out card, call 855-697-0285, or email [email protected] by April 30.

“There is no enrollment, switching or early termination fee associated with this agreement,” the release said. 

The city cautioned against unlawful door-to-door or phone solicitation by anyone pretending to represent MC Squared or the city’s electricity aggregation program. The release said no city aggregation program calls will request any sensitive information such as account numbers or personal info.

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