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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

Project Lead:


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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