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Wind Farm in Galva, IL 2018, Paul Douglas Institute

A 100 Percent Renewable Chicago

An Economic Impact Report Assessing Renewable Energy in the City of Chicago


Zarek Drozda, Ekin Dursun, Vanessa Ma, Devin McNulty


This report assesses the potential impacts of a 100% renewable energy transition for the City of Chicago. We examine Chicago’s current electrical demand and supply, project Chicago’s electricity demand through 2035, and then test scenarios for a full transition to renewable electricity. We then model aggregate job creation, economic output, and emissions reduction potential. In addition to explaining the methodology behind “A 100% Renewable Chicago: By the Numbers” infographic, this paper provides background and context on the mechanisms through which Chicago sources energy to serve as a resource for local advocates, community stakeholders, and policymakers.

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