City of Chicago - Green Power Purchasing

August 30, 2021


In June 2001, the City of Chicago signed an agreement with Commonwealth Edison and the Environmental Resources Trust to purchase 20% of its electricity from clean, renewable resources by the end of 2005. Chicago reached this goal in 2008 with a purchase of 215 million kWh of wind and biomass energy from MidAmerican Energy.  The city's plan is to maintain that 20% level for the foreseeable future. As of October 2011, the City was purchasing 20% of their power from renewables. Download the Energy Report 

For more green power purchasing program listings, visit the U.S. Department of Energy Green Power Network.

On April 22, 2021 Mayor Lightfoot announced the the city will sign a new contract to power buildings and operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, with at least half coming from new renewable energy sources in the region.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Landfill Gas
  • Wind (Small)
Renewables % or Amount: 20%
Source: Renewables


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Landfill Gas, Wind (Small)
Sectors: Local Government
Parameters: The incentive is 20.00 %


Name: April 22, 2021 Press Release


Name: Dana Kenney
Chicago IL

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.