Normal named EPA Green Power Community

By WEEK Producer

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Civic and business leaders from Normal held an event Friday to tout the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy.

Normal is one of 91 Illinois cities or towns using Community Choice Aggregation to deliver power to one hundred percent of its residents and local businesses.

As a result Normal has been designated an E-P-A Green Power Community.

The event was attended by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D - IL) who called renewable energy an engine for economic growth.

"The commitment to renewable and sustainable energy is a commitment to new jobs," said Durbin. "New manufacturing jobs. We are going to put people to work. We now have 6,000 people directly or indirectly in the wind power industry."

And according to Town of Normal councilman Kevin McCarthy that job creation has a local impact.

"That's supporting local jobs," McCarthy said. "That's supporting our local economy, local economic development , building new projects right here in McLean County and inside the state of Illinois."

Currently 1.7-million people in Illinois get their electricity from renewable sources.