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Municipal Aggregation: A New Direction or the Same Old Thing?

(Midwest Energy News)

In the past two years, scores of communities across the Midwest, particularly in Illinois, have adopted municipal aggregation of their electricity supplies, wherein city officials break with long-standing utilities and decide where to buy cheaper and often cleaner electricity from alternative suppliers on behalf of residents.

Chicago is among the most recent, and with the city’s vast buying power, renewable energy advocates are hoping to use the opportunity to make a significant dent in pollution and carbon emissions.

However, if the experience of another Midwest state is any indicator, whether that actually happens could be difficult to determine.