For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2017
Billy Weinberg, IL Clean Jobs Coalition, (312) 485-4363
Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and a key state lawmaker criticized Ameren Illinois on Wednesday for setting new energy efficiency goals that fall far short of targets they agreed to as part of a new Illinois energy law which the utility had originally agreed to meet.
The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition reacted positively to the proposed order of an Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) administrative law judge issued Tuesday denying Ameren Illinois’ request to lower its energy efficiency targets under the Future Energy Job Act. A final decision on the issue (case 17-0311) is expected to be made by the ICC in September.
“The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition welcomes the order handed down by an administrative law judge denying Ameren’s request to lower the statutory goals established by the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). As the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition has said from the start, Ameren should be able to deliver energy efficiency programs that serve low-income communities and– at the same time– achieve the energy efficiency targets that the company agreed to under FEJA. We are hopeful that members of the Illinois Commerce Commission will agree with the judge in this case and we look forward to working with Ameren on a plan that meets the goals set forth in FEJA which can create jobs, savings, and better health across Illinois and, in particular, deliver benefits to economically-disadvantaged communities throughout the state.”