5/5/16 – Statement from the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 5, 2016

Contact:
David Jakubiak, ELPC
djakubiak@elpc.org
(312) 795-3713
@DavidELPC

Emily Rosenwasser, Sierra Club
emily.rosenwasser@sierraclub.org

312-251- 1680 x119
@ERosenwasser

Angela Guyadeen, NRDC
aguyadeen@nrdc.org

312-651-7936
@Guyadeen

Statement from the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition:

“The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is committed to strong clean energy legislation. Our legislation, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (SB1485/HB2607), would implement strong energy efficiency programs that reduce customer bills, fix and expand Illinois’ Renewable Portfolio Standard to bring investment in wind and solar energy to our communities, provide assistance and economic opportunity to low- and moderate-income communities, and reduce carbon pollution from the electric sector.  The Illinois Clean Jobs Bill would achieve those goals, create 32,000 jobs, and has won the support of majority of Illinois legislators from across our state.

The Coalition has engaged in productive discussions with ComEd and Exelon Generation about legislation that achieves these goals. At this time, those discussions have not concluded, and we have not yet reached an agreement.  We look forward to reviewing the details of this new proposal, and continuing discussions toward comprehensive energy legislation that achieves the goals of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.”

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The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is made up of Illinois businesses and organizations representing the state’s environmental, business and faith communities. Currently more than 160 businesses and 60 organizations have formally joined the coalition to promote steps to improve the Illinois environment, help consumers, improve public health, and create tens of thousands of new jobs across the state.