Come join us every third Wednesday for our SSI Sustainable Connections Meetup! This month we meet at Wm. Van’s Coffeehouse, 503 S. 7th Street, Springfield at 5:30pm-7:00pm
Illinois’ Energy at a Crossroads
Should Illinois bail out nuclear plants losing money due to low natural gas prices at the expense of renewable energy projects?
Join us Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 pm at Lincoln Library as David Kraft, director of NEIS, takes a hard look at what is being asked of Illinois consumers in this upcoming legislation.
For the fourth year in a row, Exelon/ComEd have thwarted fixing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, and instead have put forth legislation for a $1.6 billion nuclear bailout, what would amount to the end of net metering, monopoly control of community solar, and higher rates through a “demand charge” rate structure – using the premise of “jumpstarting” renewables. Nuclear energy is truly a danger in its massive radioactive waste, operation expense and vulnerability to radiation leaks as demonstrated most recently at Fukushima, Japan. Illinois sits on the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a major seismic zone and a prolific source of intraplate earthquakes in the southern and midwestern United States.
The bill calls for effectively ending net metering as it currently exists, and basing consumer bills more heavily on a “demand charge” determined by single high spikes in energy use. New jobs and economic activity do return when the long process begins in decommissioning the plants; and new energy systems are implemented to replace the retired nuclear plants.
Most importantly, the new proposal puts up serious impediments to rooftop solar development, saddles customers with unfair costs to prop up Exelon nuclear plants and fails to adequately address problems with Illinois’ “broken” Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
In deregulated states like Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, nuclear generators have found it increasingly difficult to sell their power at a profit on open markets, because of competition primarily from gas but also from wind.
A diverse group of business and clean energy interests are campaigning against an Exelon “bailout,” as critics call it, pegged at $580 million, saying citizens have already subsidized the company more than enough.
If nuclear energy were allowed to fulfill state clean energy goals, advocates fear the nuclear plants would overwhelm the program and leave little or no incentive for new renewable energy.
Attention Clearlake Property Owners!
Clear Lake property owners and managers that are interested in taking part in improving the appearance of Clear Lake Avenue are invited to an open house put on by Sustainable Springfield, Inc.
Sustainable Springfield has raised $1,000 to plant short utility friendly/native trees along street line of Clearlake Ave. We have a team of volunteers to do the planting and watering for 12 months until the trees can survive without care.
Monday, August 29
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Illinois Audubon Society/Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
2315 Clear Lake Ave
Springfield, IL 62702
We offer this free program to all business owners or their representatives on the Clearlake corridor. Sustainable Springfield encourages community participation and caring for our city’s well being. Help us increase the local tree canopy and enhance the beauty of our city at the same time at no cost to you.
Go Solar Springfield Presentation by Michelle Knox
September 7 at Lincoln Library, Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Michelle will be outlining a group buy program that is being offered until Oct. 1
Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability Awards 2016
We are proud to announce this year’s leadership in sustainability award recipients as follows:
- Best Use of Recycled Materials- Sangamon Reclaimed, Owner Brian Frieze
- Best Facilitator in Renewable Energy Installation – WindSolarUSA, Michelle Knox
- Most Improved in Sustainable Congregations-Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- Best in Environmentally/Socially Responsible Retail-Custom Cup, Kendra and Brent Boesdorfer
- Best in Engineering-Water Harvesting-Springfield Public Works, John Higginbotham and Lee Bloome, Hanson Engineers
- Best Residential Practices-Ryan Lewis
- Solar Merit of Achievement-Beth Langen
Urban Tree Canopy Program
Sustainable Connections: Every Third Wednesday, 5:30 pm to 7 pm Join us!
Location varies, please check our Facebook page for this months’ location:
Tactical Urbanism: A Panel and Discussion
November 4th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Lincoln Library, 326 South 7th Street
Green Business Awards
April 29, Wednesday, 6 pm
Designing a Sustainable Springfield Part 2 with David Parker and John Shafer
Tuesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Library