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Advanced And Renewable Energy

In tandem with energy efficiency, advanced and renewable energy is vital to the revitalization of Cleveland’s economy. The City is becoming a leader in advanced energy generation by collaborating with public, private, and institutional leaders to develop wind, solar, municipal solid waste-to-energy and co-generation capabilities.

For the Sustainable Cleveland initiative, 2013 is also Celebration Year for Advanced and Renewable Energy in Northeast Ohio. Clevelanders are invited to get involved all year long as jobs are created through the development of clean energy sources.

This video, which premiered at Sustainable Cleveland's 2012 Annual Summit, illustrates that Advanced and Renewable Energy works in Northeast Ohio.  Technologies highlighted include geothermal heat pumps, solar energy, offshore and onshore wind energy, solar thermal hot water, electrical vehicles, and anaerobic digesters.

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City of Cleveland Municipal Aggregation Program
The City of Cleveland's community aggregation program provides residential and small commercial Cleveland Electric Illuminating (CEI) customers the opportunity to save money on their electric bills. Since July 2013, about 65,000 CEI customers receive both a 21% electricity bill savings off the market rate (or Price to Compare) AND 100% of their electricity from green energy sources. In recognition of this achievement, the World Wildlife Fund has honored Cleveland with a "Bright Place to Live" Award for Choosing 100% Renewable Electricity. more >>

Since their July 2013 meter readings, CEI customers have received electricity from the following sources:

  • 50% Hydropower
  • 30% Ohio Wind Generation
  • 20% out-of-state wind generation.

This aggregation saves customers money, supports Ohio and regional renewable projects, and reduces Cleveland’s carbon footprint.

Through governmental aggregation, a community purchasing program, the City of Cleveland leverages group buying power for the purchase of electricity. The City of Cleveland program was approved by voters in November of 2000. CEI customers in the City of Cleveland are automatically enrolled in the program. Customers received a letter allowing them to “opt in” to conventional energy sourced mostly from nuclear, coal, and natural gas. These customers receive a discount of 24% off the Price to Compare.

After researching competitive electricity pricing options, The City of Cleveland selected FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., to provide 100% renewable electric generation through July 2015. For the previous aggregation from June 2010 – June 2013, the discount rate was 6% below the Price to Compare for residents and 4% for small businesses, all sourced from conventional sources. more >>

Office of Sustainability
Jenita McGowan, Chief
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

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The Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland's wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.

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