An ordinance  will allow the Chicago Department of Aviation to enter into an agreement with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


The ordinance gives the CDA the authority to enter into a series of agreements with the NREL and its operating contractor, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy. The CDA and its design and construction partners will engage with NREL to study and incorporate renewable power technologies into the airport’s new facilities in a cost-effective manner, including the new O’Hare Global Terminal and new satellite concourses planned through the O’Hare 21 Terminal Area Plan.

“Chicago’s airports have a long history of implementing industry-leading sustainable initiatives at O’Hare and Midway, dating back to 2003, when Chicago introduced the country’s first Sustainable Airport Manual, which has been used on more than 260 development projects at both airports,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie L Rhee. “As we look ahead to developing new, passenger-centric facilities through [capital improvement project] O’Hare 21, we must continue to find creative ways to reduce emissions, minimise energy use, conserve water, reduce waste, and educate the travelling public about our work and what they can do to help.”

Headquartered in Colorado, the NREL is a federally funded research and development centre created by the US Department of Energy focused on advancing the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies. The agreement with NREL will not exceed a three-year period, and the total cost of consultant services will not exceed $500,000, the CDA said.


The project will consider the use of renewable energy
The project will consider the use of renewable energy Patrick L Pyszka/ City of Chicago