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North Aurora exploring whether to go green for power

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – Village officials are exploring whether to go green for its power.

Officials are investigating whether to buy its power from an electric supplier that uses only green sources such as wind power or solar energy.

In 2011, voters in North Aurora and other communities passed referendums giving governments the authority to negotiate electric provider agreements on their behalf. Residents also can choose their own provider.

North Aurora village Trustee Chris Faber is pushing the idea. He chose an electric supplier a few years ago that uses only wind power.

“I like the idea of the village leading the way,” Faber said. “This could open the door to different grant opportunities.”

Other village officials, including North Aurora Village President Dale Berman, said it was an idea worth exploring.

“I’ve received several emails about this from residents who want the village to do something in the way of being green,” Berman said. “Everybody would have the opportunity to do what they want.”

Officials want to find out whether going green would cost more than what ComEd currently charges.

The village of North Aurora recently decided to terminate its agreement with Integrys Energy Services Inc. for electric supply to residents and small commercial businesses and revert to the default ComEd rates.

The village decided to make the change after the ComEd rate decreased to 5.511 cents per kilowatt hour this month and the Integrys rate provided to residents of North Aurora increased from 5.75 cents per kilowatt hour to 5.952 cents per kilowatt hour this month.

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