Municipal Electric Aggregation and Renewable Energy Credits

Did you get this letter in the mail? MidAmerican letter about RECs

This letter is from your electric supplier informing you where they used the renewable energy credits (RECs) they purchased as part of your green energy supply plan. The Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington went through an electric aggregation process for everyone in their municipalities serviced by Ameren. Both the City and the Town chose MidAmerican as the alternative energy supplier through June 2020. Everyone in Bloomington and Normal that gets their electricity bill from Ameren has MidAmerican as their energy supplier unless they opted out of the program.

MidAmerican offers a “green” energy option. In Bloomington, everyone has the green energy option at 5.07 center per kWh. In Normal, residents could choose from a base rate of 4.98 cents per kWh or select the green energy option at 5.07 cents per kWh.

With green plans, the energy supplier pledges to buy RECs from a company that produces power from renewable sources, such as wind. That renewable energy producer agrees to produce and deliver an amount of renewable energy to the grid that is equal to the amount of energy you consumed. In this case, MidAmerican purchased RECs from a wind producer that generated wind electricity in Texas. That is what this letter is telling you.

Getting energy from a supplier with this green option is an investment in renewable energy; however, it is generally not local.

There are many options for energy supply and energy production, and right now, in Illinois the renewable energy market is growing due to the Future Energy Jobs Act. The Ecology Action Center is here to help you make sense of all the options available to you, so please reach out if you have questions about electrical aggregation, alternate energy suppliers, community solar, or rooftop solar. Contact Larissa Armstrong at 309-454-3169 x15.

Ecology Action Center at Sugar Creek Arts Festival

Be sure to check out our the Ecology Action Center’s information booth at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th in Uptown Normal. Stop on by to refill your water bottle, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Grow Solar Power Hour dates, and learn about any of our program areas.

For a full list of Sugar Creek Arts Festival activities, please visit Sugar Creek Arts Festival .

Ecology Action Center at Sugar Creek Arts Festival

Be sure to check out our the Ecology Action Center’s information booth at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th in Uptown Normal. Stop on by to refill your water bottle, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Grow Solar Power Hour dates, and learn about any of our program areas.

For a full list of Sugar Creek Arts Festival activities, please visit Sugar Creek Arts Festival .

Food Forest Workday!

The Refuge Food Forest is a 1-acre organic planting of nuts, berries, fruit trees, and more! The food is free and available for all, but it does take quite a bit of volunteer work to keep the site in good condition. Work will include weeding, mulching, pruning, and more! Tools are available, and we have some gloves, but you are strongly encouraged to bring your own gloves just in case. And if you have a weeding tool that you love, bring that as well. There is a water fountain on the site. Thanks in advance for your help!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Prairie Rivers Network is excited to bring one of the largest environmental film festivals to Illinois. Now in its third year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival focuses on 9 films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.  Attend the film festival and get energized to work to protect clean water, wildlife habitat, and our rich natural landscapes!

The Films:

Ashes to Ashes, Blue Carbon, Blue Heart, Downstream, Givers and Takers, Greenland Melts, March of the Newts, Our National Parks Belong to Everyone, and a PRN original short film Scream Pillow.

You can see synopses of the films here: https://prairierivers.org/wsff-films/

 

Food Forest Workday!

The Refuge Food Forest is a 1-acre organic planting of nuts, berries, fruit trees, and more! The food is free and available for all, but it does take quite a bit of volunteer work to keep the site in good condition. Work will include weeding, mulching, pruning, and more! Tools are available, and we have some gloves, but you are strongly encouraged to bring your own gloves just in case. And if you have a weeding tool that you love, bring that as well. There is a water fountain on the site. Thanks in advance for your help!

Yard Smart Garden Walk

Registration is CLOSED.  Please join us next year! 

The Ecology Action Center is holding its sixteenth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 29, 2019.  This free tour highlights beautiful and functional yards in our community that protect our environment, benefit wildlife, and use few or no synthetic chemicals.  The event features a plant and garden tool “Freecycle” exchange. Bring garden plants (please label them!) or tools to give away— everything must be free. After the garden walk, we reconvene for lunch from Green Top Grocery, a short presentation, and the Freecycle plant and garden tool exchange. Participants should bring their own reusable water bottles. Participants are encouraged to carpool during the tour to conserve fossil fuels and reduce pollution. The Yard Smart program promotes a more sustainable and healthier approach to lawn and garden maintenance. Working with nature to build a healthier ecosystem in both the soil below ground and the yard above ground will produce a more beautiful, sustainable and safer environment for everyone— children and adults, pets and wildlife—by reducing pollutants that runoff into our local water supplies. The program encourages local homeowners to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, to conserve natural resources such as water and fossil fuels, and to make room for wildlife in their yards. Yard Smart Certification recognizes local homeowners who use ecologically sustainable practices in maintaining their yards and who realize that their lawn, garden and landscaping decisions affect the health of the whole community. This event is free (but donations to offset the cost of lunch are welcome)! Please register for the garden walk using the form below. We will send event details to registered participants closer to the event date. More information on the Yard Smart program as well as a set of free resource fact sheets is available at www.yardsmart.org.

Food Forest Workday!

The Refuge Food Forest is a 1-acre organic planting of nuts, berries, fruit trees, and more! The food is free and available for all, but it does take quite a bit of volunteer work to keep the site in good condition. Work will include weeding, mulching, pruning, and more! Tools are available, and we have some gloves, but you are strongly encouraged to bring your own gloves just in case. And if you have a weeding tool that you love, bring that as well. There is a water fountain on the site. Thanks in advance for your help!