Poll: 83% of Illinois residents want clean energy choices
Illinois residents overwhelmingly want to be able to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy and they want more renewable energy in the Illinois power system, according to a new poll.
The poll commissioned by CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that provides 100% clean electricity to customers across the country, was conducted by SurveyUSA. SurveyUSA interviewed 550 Illinois adults who rent or own their home, pay their utility bills and have at least some input on the household choice of their utility company.
Support for energy choice through Alternative Retail Energy Suppliers (ARES) cut across the typical partisan divide with both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly agreeing that they want to be able to choose clean energy. To date, CleanChoice Energy has helped Illinois residents reduce air and carbon pollution by over 462,600,00 pounds by switching to 100% renewable energy.
- Additional highlights from the survey:
79 percent of Illinoisans want to be able to choose who provides their electricity.
- 78 percent of Illinois residents would be interested in 100 percent of their electricity being renewable energy if provided the option.
- 81 percent of residents want the right to choose an alternative provider even if their city or town has selected a provider through a municipal aggregation program.
- Illinois residents overwhelmingly support the renewable Alternative Retail Energy Supplier model for clean energy delivery (77 percent), more than rooftop solar (45 percent) and other home efficiency products and smart thermostats (62 percent).
The new polling bolsters the case that Illinois consumers are supportive of electricity supply options provided by Renewable Alternative Retail Energy Suppliers. The ability to choose clean energy is largely available to Illinoisans today because of the retail electricity market.
The latest polling results closely mirror results from other states and show the broad support residents have for energy choice, researchers said.