Clean Air

PILSEN CELEBRATES A CLEAN AIR VICTORY!

The Fisk Generating Station, also known as Fisk Street Generating Station in the Pilsen neighborhood is a medium-size, legacy coal-fired electric generating station.  A call for Fisk Generating Station (and its Crawford sister station) to be shut down in September 2012 was declared a victory by local organizing groups such as PERRO, Pilsen Neighbors and others, clean air advocates, and City Hall officials – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 25th Ward Alderman Solis.

“Closing these plants is a first step, but the key is to make sure these facilities are used to spur economic development and job creation for these neighborhoods,” said Mayor Emanuel.

Future planning for economic development and job creation alternatives that create benefits for the families of Pilsen and, the city of Chicago was initiated by a city task force of community advocacy groups and, remediation experts.

Ozinga laying foundation for Chicago’s energy future

Ozinga Brothers unveiled the city’s first privately owned natural gas fueling station today open to local businesses and government agencies and specifically designed for medium and heavy-use trucks and buses.  The alternative-energy fueling station, located at Ozinga’s Pilsen headquarters and equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps, will serve the 84-year-old concrete maker’s fleet of iconic red-and-white concrete mixing trucks.

Throughout the year, Ozinga has added 30 CNG cement mixers to its fleet. The company has plans to replace or convert its entire fleet of more than 500 mixing trucks and support vehicles by 2020 in an effort to achieve energy independence and promote alternative energy in Chicago.

“Building the fueling station and converting our fleet to natural gas reinforces our commitment to the foundation of Chicago’s new energy infrastructure,” said company President Marty Ozinga IV, noting that the diesel-powered fleet of trucks consumes millions of gallons of fuel each year. “It satisfies a growing demand for energy that is greener, more affordable, and contributes to America’s energy independence.”

The first-of-its-kind station is open in the 25th Ward at Cermak Road and Jefferson Street to Chicago-area businesses and municipalities, and fuels commercial vehicles, including medium and heavy-duty trucks as well as regular cars and fleets. The station has the capacity to fill more than 30 vehicles at one time.

Submit your ideas for the future site of Fisk in Pilsen by clicking the Neighborland image below!

“Residents, neighborhood organizations and advocacy groups have an opportunity to help define space and project use in our community. This platform enables me to engage with you and so many others to help improve the quality of life across the ward. Government must be accessible. We all agree. But your voice must be heard. It will help me shape my position and policy on issues that impact our neighborhoods. I encourage you to offer ideas on specific community projects. This is how–together–we will continue to promote civic, community and commercial improvement that benefits everyone.” –Alderman Solis