Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Meeting

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a legislative committee meeting to keep the city up to date with county level objectives.

 Anthony Michelassi from the DuPage County Board spoke during a luncheon at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel about the Cool DuPage Effort.

Beginning in 2012 as the Cool County Initiative, the plan invites residents, businesses and government agencies in Naperville to join in on their efforts to make simple changes to reduce green house gases.

“Organizations, agencies, businesses that indicate their interest in completing a project or participating in one of our reduction programs, we’ll provide assistance to you and we’ll help you reach your goals. The assistance can be provided through funding, planning education or even providing personnel,” said Anthony Michelassi, DuPage County Board Member, District 5.

Their goal is to reduce emission levels 10% by 2020 and 20% by 2030-with the countywide impact of the effort equating to the elimination of more than 250 million gallons of gasoline emissions.

Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger also spoke to how the changes could affect the city’s electric rates.

Krieger reviewed the current financial challenges of the city’s electric utility budget as part of the luncheon.

He discussed the past electric rate increases, options that the city will have when reviewing the budget and how that can effect residents.

“You guys are the costumers, we’re not in the business to make money, we’re in the business to break even and if there’s a way where we can save you money on your bill, we will do it,” said Krieger.

The Naperville City Council will hold a workshop on November 9th to continue the budget process.

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