By Stefan Schaffer, City Strategist, American Cities Climate Challenge and Jay Orfield, Technical Strategist, Renewables and Utility Engagement, American Cities Climate Challenge

Chicago is taking an exciting step toward renewable energy for the city’s buildings by announcing a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for a new renewable energy supply contract at an estimated $200 million in value.

As a member of the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is following through on her commitment to power all city-owned buildings by 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. This is an important milestone toward Chicago’s overarching vision of a cleaner and more sustainable energy supply, demonstrating progress in achieving the city’s long-term goal of powering 100 percent of all buildings communitywide with renewable energy by 2035.

The announcement also highlights Chicago’s commitment to ensuring the benefits of renewable energy investments are experienced by all communities in the area. Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for all municipal buildings by 2025 will create new employment opportunities, improve air quality and public health, and put Chicago and safer financial footing by stabilizing the city’s energy costs. The City of Chicago will engage community advocates along the way and well beyond January 2022, when Chicago’s contract with Constellation NewEnergy ends and the new contract will go into effect.

Chicago’s pursuit of renewable energy is the next step toward a more resilient and equitable energy future, building upon the city’s other recent sustainability accomplishments consistent with American Cities Climate Challenge objectives of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building and transportation sectors, including:

Chicago’s pursuit of 100% renewable energy for all City-owned buildings by 2025 is the city’s most recent step toward a more resilient and equitable energy future. As a member of the American Cities Climate Challenge, Chicago continues to demonstrate its leadership in the transition to clean energy and a healthier planet for current and future generations.

The article was originally published by NRDC and can be accessed by clicking here