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Smart Grid Community: Village of Oak Park. Core Values: Celebrate Diversity Honor the Past Foster the Future Live Sustainably. 10 Business Districts Serving Oak Park Neighborhoods. 50% of Oak Park Housing Multi-Family. Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio.

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Smart Grid Community: Village of Oak Park

Core Values:

Celebrate Diversity

Honor the Past

Foster the Future

Live Sustainably

10 Business Districts Serving Oak Park Neighborhoods

50% of Oak Park Housing Multi-Family

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Home to Many Business, Science & Cultural Luminaries Including Ernest Hemingway

Benchmark Eras

  • 1901 – Self rule

  • 1921 – Balance

  • 1968 – Diversity

  • 1970 – Preservation

    Common Thread – visionary leaders and involved citizenry recognized opportunity where others might have perceived threats, and enacted laws to achieve desired outcomes.

New Benchmark Era

  • Sustainability in an Urban Ecosystem

    • In 2008, 3.3 billion people lived in urban areas

    • By 2030, the number will be 5 billion

  • How to live in a healthy and prosperous way that is harmonious with the environment and the needs of future generations?

Oak Park’s Smart Community Future

  • Oak Park River Forest Vision Plan

    • Energy Efficiency in Buildings

    • Smart Grid and Home Automation

    • Smart Transportation

    • Municipal and Retail Models for Renewables

Smart Meters in all Oak Park Homes & Businesses

Car Sharing Growing

Six Locations Including First EV’s in 2012

Governor Quinn visits Oak Park at the new Geothermal Walgreens with EV Charging Station


Smart Community: Smart Places

  • Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofits

  • Small Commercial

    • New Construction

    • Renovation and Historic Preservation

First Gold Rated Public Works Building in State of Illinois

Opened in 2007

Smart Community: Smart Grid

  • Storage Issues to Support Peak Demand

  • Renewables Integration

  • Automation of Aggregate Data

Smart Grid Opportunities

  • Self-contained micro-grid?

  • Solar Panel Array at Parking Garage

  • Software and Display for Aggregate Data

  • Community Energy Use Display

  • Municipal Renewable Energy Commission

Aggregation Survey


Aggregation Survey

Savings Toward Community Energy Programs

Smart Renewables

  • Retail Provider Model for Renewables

  • Municipal Model for Renewable Investments

    • Solar PV on Parking Garages

    • Leasing Roof Space

Power Reliability #1 Municipal Concern

Awareness of Climate Change Growing

What is 350?

Opportunities to Push Energy Agenda in Public’s Best Interest

The Message From Oak Park Village Hall

Evolution or Revelation Underway

A Million Angles and Implications but Keep it Simple

The Most Powerful Grass Roots Movement in the Past 35 Years.

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