Sunday, May 19, 2019

Illinois introduces Clean Energy Jobs Act – could make the state America’s clean energy leader

“We need the benefits of clean energy to reach all 102 counties in Illinois as we put Illinois on a path to 100% clean energy by 2050.”

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With a newly elected governor supporting 100 percent renewable energy, Illinois is on track to become 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 and poised to be a national leader in clean energy.

The state introduced the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would expand clean energy, increase the Illinois Solar for All Program by 500 percent, develop cost-saving energy efficiency programs and create an electric grid built on renewable energy taking advantage of a huge cost savings, Eco Watch reported.

First things first, the bill – SB2132 – would start by transitioning away from fossil fuels and generating 45 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources only.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act was comprised of input from Illinois residents from diverse backgrounds, of all ages and across many different communities. As the bill gains sponsorship in the state’s legislature, Illinois is on track to become a national leader in climate action if the bill passes into law. The ambitious transition to clean energy and clean transportation, and the creation of job growth and equity will help bring a healthier, cleaner and more prosperous culture for the residents of Illinois both leadership and the public agree.

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