There are several electricity providers operating in our area, some of whom say they are providing renewable energy. In looking for clean energy, some questions to ask include:

What percentage of the energy provided is from renewable sources?
What are these sources, and what percentage of each is included?
If it’s not 100% renewable, what source(s) provide the balance of the power?
Does your program include the purchase of electricity from renewable sources or renewable energy credits?
Where does the energy come from (geographically)?
What percentage is from Illinois?
You should also verify the prices and terms before signing up. Some companies offer an introductory rate for the first few months, after which the rate rises. There may be costs for cancellation or other hidden fees. This website has a list of suggested questions to ask alternative providers. Click here to learn more about renewable energy credits.