About the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill
HB 2607 – Chief sponsors: Reps. Elaine Nekritz, Robyn Gabel, Michael Fortner, and Christian Mitchell;
SB 1485 – Chief sponsors: Sens. Don Harmon, David Koehler, and Jacqueline Collins.
Energy policy will take center stage in Illinois in 2015, presenting an opportunity for lawmakers to not just make do with the old ways of generating electricity but build an innovative, diverse, and clean electricity system that costs less, delivers reliable power and creates thousands of good paying jobs. Lawmakers can put Illinoisans to work in every part of the state, capturing our vast potential for clean energy, by passing the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.
By fully embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy, we can meet and exceed proposed EPA carbon pollution rules, lower electricity costs, and leave Illinois a better place for our children and grandchildren. At the same time, we can generate an estimated 32,000 new jobs per year in Illinois. That’s on top of the 100,000 clean energy jobs in Illinois today.
HB 2607 and SB 1485 will:
- Increase Energy Efficiency: Reduce energy demand by 20% by 2025 through energy efficiency measures, such as home and building retrofits, increased access to affordable energy efficiency appliances and allow non-utility energy efficiency service providers a fair opportunity to compete to deliver savings.
- Increase Use of Renewables: Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard from the current goal of 25% by 2025 to 35% by 2030. A stronger and longer commitment sends a signal to energy efficiency investors to come into Illinois for good.
- Pursuing Market-based Strategies to Reduce Carbon Pollution & Create Jobs: The bill provides a range of tools to help customers and the environment, including the option of a market-based mechanism to limit carbon pollution. If implemented after a comprehensive review of its impact on ratepayers and other stakeholders, this could create revenues to invest in clean energy, workforce development, low-income bill assistance, and other priorities.