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Recently, GM announced it will be going all electric by 2035.  At first glance, this appears to be a positive move for the environment and the residents of Naperville.  But Naperville is part of the Illinois Municipal Electric Association.  In turn, the IMEA is part owner of coal fired electrical plants known as prairie state.  The electrical power mix provided for Naperville is approximately 90% coal power and 10% renewable.  Naperville enjoys a higher portfolio of renewable energy than ComEd.   But with electric vehicles become more mainstream, we need to do better.  I have been the Chairman and Council Liaison of the Public Utility Advisory Board for over 10 years.  I am the only engineer on city council and have cultivated strong relationships throughout the power and sustainability communities.  In 2020, I initiated and championed the city’s sustainability task force (N.E.S.T) and secured a new full time sustainability manager during budget negotiations for 2021.