9/15/15 – Advocacy Letter to Governor Rauner

September 15, 2015
The Honorable Bruce Rauner
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Rauner:

As members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, a coalition of nearly 200 businesses and organizations in the state, we write to express our support for the recently released Clean Power Plan (CPP) and ask you to announce Illinois will meet the new goals of the CPP through the adoption of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (SB1485/HB2607).

Clean energy and cleantech companies in and out of Illinois are looking for signs from Illinois showing the state is committed to putting in place policies that support and encourage clean energy innovation and investment, particularly in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The CPP is triggering many states across the country to pursue aggressive standards in renewable energy, energy
efficiency and carbon emissions. Their actions undoubtedly spur private sector investment and job
creation in those states from companies looking to grow. Illinois cannot afford to be left out and
attracting investment, capital and jobs in the rapidly-evolving field of clean energy is vital to the health of Illinois’ economic future. Supporting the CPP and the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill will help accelerate your efforts to rebuild Illinois’ economy.

There are more than 104,000 clean energy jobs in Illinois today according to the annual Clean Jobs Illinois Survey. Compliance with the CPP and the adoption of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill will help spur significant growth across Illinois. When it ramps up in 2021, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill will employ more than 32,000 additional workers than there are today and sustain that level for the next decade.

Additionally, the bill would reduce customers’ energy bills by a total of $1.6 billion by 2030, translating into average savings of nearly $100 per year per household. These savings would come at a critical time for businesses and ratepayers in Central and Southern Illinois who have seen their bills increase by an average annual rate of $150 in the wake of an auction conducted by grid operator MISO, and as ComEd customers’ electricity costs rise by an average of $100 per year by 2018-19, and $82 by 2017 as a result of the PJM Interconnection LLP auction.

Illinois cannot afford to fall behind more than we already are. The CPP includes incentives for states that design plans that utilize renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet the goals set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Illinois is on track to be 62 percent of the way toward meeting its 2022 benchmark, meaning that significant strides must still be taken. SB1485/HB2607 is the only pending legislation that would enable Illinois to meet the goals of the CPP.

Finally, while it is strong, Illinois’ clean energy industry, particularly the field of renewable energy, is at a tipping point. Competition with other states is intense, and any further delay in getting our own policy right could lead to hurdles that will be almost impossible to overcome. Earlier this year, it was announced that Oklahoma had surpassed Illinois in wind energy, by bringing on line more than 600 megawatts of new wind last year, compared to zero here. In 2014, Iowa doubled its solar tax credit and Minnesota established some of the most aggressive renewable energy policies in the nation.

By fixing the renewable portfolio standard and boosting the share of power coming from renewable sources to 35% by 2030 and doubling energy efficiency standards, as the Clean Jobs Bill does, Illinois will be sending the unmistakable signal to companies and investors Illinois is serious about attracting new investments and creating jobs in the clean energy space. We know this works. Massive investments in New York, for example, were made after the state RPS was improved, including a commitment of nearly
$90 million by one firm over a three-year period.

Some of us had the pleasure to hear you speak this year at the Clean Energy Trust Challenge, where you asserted, “We can be worldwide leaders in clean energy innovation and technology.” We share this vision and are confident compliance with the Clean Power Plan and passage of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill is the best path forward. We ask for your support and look forward to working together on this important endeavor.

Sincerely,

Acciona Energy USA Global LLC — Chicago
Advanced Energy Services — Mundelein
Advanced Energy Solutions — Pomona
Advanced Green Consulting
Aerotecture International, Inc.–Park Forest
Affordable Community Energy — Chicago
Ailey Solar — Chicago
AIR802 — Aurora
Air-ease Heating Cooling Geothermal — Tinley Park
AllCell Technologies — Chicago
Alpha Controls — Rockford
American Lime Technology — Chicago
American Wind Energy Management — Springfield
AMPY — Evanston
Annex Development, LLC — Oak Park
Apex Clean Energy
Baumann Consulting — Chicago
Bennett Heating & AC, Inc.–Bourbonnais
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation — Chicago
Brightfields Development LLC
Building Energy Experts — Crystal Lake
Candid Sustainability — Chicago
CatalystEco Consulting Group — Chicago
Checkmate Realty and Development — Chicago
Chicago Southland Economic Development
Corporation (CSEDC)–Hazel Crest
Clean Energy Renewables — Moline
Clean Fuel Partners
Clean Line Energy Partners — Chicago
Coalition: Energy — Chicago
Community Green Energy — Chicago
Commuter Cars
Constructive Ideas — Champaign
Continental Electrical Construction Co.–Oak Brook
Continental Energy — Chicago
Cotton Expressions Ltd.–Warren
Cristina Foods — Chicago
Cyclone Energy Group — Chicago
Cynergyze — Forest Park
D/R Services Unlimited, Inc.–Glenview
Day & Night Solar — Collinsville
dbHMS — Chicago
DNR Construction — Oak Forest
E.ON Climate & Renewables, N.A.–Chicago
Earth Wind & Solar Energy, LLC — Chicago
Eco Achievers — Oak Park
Ecossential Solutions — Algonquin
EDF Renewable Energy
Energy 360 Solutions — Wood Dale
Energy Reduction Inc.–Evanston
Energy Savers Remodelers — St. Charles
Enernoc — Naperville
Farnsworth Group — Chicago
First Solar — Niles
Gleason & Elfering Heating & AC — Wauconda
Goby LLC — Chicago
Goldwind America — Chicago
Good-Natured Landscape — Naperville
Green Attic Insulation — Chicago
Green CPA, LLC — Prospect Heights
Green Dream Group, LLC — Chicago
Green Impact Partners
Haile Consulting — Chicago
Harpy IT Solutions — Belleville
Harvest Outdoor — Northbrook
HJKessler Associates — Chicago
Hollub Heating, Inc.–Chicago
Independence Renewable Energy — Somonauk
Infigen Energy
Innovative Associates, LLC
Innovative Technology Advisors — Chicago
Inova Energy Group — Chicago
InSites Chicago — Chicago
Ishi Vest — Chicago
Just in Time Direction — Glen Ellyn
Kenjiva Energy Systems — Chicago
Kerri Barber Consulting — Cary
KNIGHT WRITERS LLC — Chicago
Leeco Steel — Lisle
Leopardo Companies — Chicago
Magitek Energy Solutions — Johnsburg
Mainstream Renewable Power — Chicago
Market Supply Co.–Chicago
Meyer Design — Naperville
Microgrid Energy — Downers Grove
Midwest Mechanical — Lombard
Minnich Insulation — Mokena
Minnich Mechanical Design — Elk Grove Village
MXVenterprises — Chicago
National Retrofitting Group — Niles
New Grid Energy Solutions — Chicago
New Prairie Construction Company — Urbana
Newgrange Development — Chicago
Next Step Test Prep — Chicago
Nextech Energy Systems, LLC — Chicago
North Branch Works — Chicago
Northern Weather Makers HVAC — Northbrook
NuMat Technologies — Skokie
Omni Ecosystems — Waukegan
One Earth Consulting, Inc.–Gibson City
Parkside Insulation — New Lenox
PositivEnergy Practice — Chicago
Project Green Environmental Solutions — Forest
Park
PVPower Inc.–Chicago
Reasonable Heating-Cooling & Insulation — Glen
Carbon
Regan Heating & Mechanical Services — Justice
Renergy Capital — Barrington
Rethink Electric — Wheaton
Ridgeline Holdings, LLC — Lake Forest
Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc.–Peoria
Shamrock Electric — Elk Grove Village
SiNode Systems — Chicago
SoCore Energy — Chicago
Solar City
Solar Service Inc.–Niles
Square Root Architecture — Springfield
StraightUp Solar
Studio Nigro — Chicago
Sun Power
Sun Run
SunEdison
Sustainable Solutions — Chicago
Synergy Development & Construction — Chicago
Testa Produce — Chicago
The Green Facilitator — Chicago
Tropic Construction — Chicago
US Solar Network — Evanston
VGI Energy — Chicago
Wanxiang America Corporation — Elgin
WCP Solar — Naperville
WindSolar USA — Owaneco
Winergy Drive Systems Corporation — Elgin
WinSol Power Company — Glenview
Zerowaste Global — Chicago