10/22/15 – As EPA’s Clean Power Plan takes major step forward, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition urges Gov. Rauner to seize opportunity for state

October 22, 2015

David Jakubiak, ELPC

Emily Rosenwasser,
Sierra Club, 312-251-1680 x119

Angela Guyadeen, NRDC

As EPA’s Clean Power Plan takes major step forward, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition urges Gov. Rauner to
seize opportunity for state
Coalition says rule’s official publication can be a moment for Illinois to usher in
sustained economic gains with Governor’s support

With the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) set to be formally introduced into the Federal Register this week, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition– which includes more than 130 businesses plus dozens of environmental, consumer and faith organizations– today urged Gov. Bruce Rauner “to seize this opportunity to move Illinois toward a clean energy future.”

The Clean Power Plan gives states the flexibility to create their own strategies to limit the emission of carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, and the publication of the rule, which is expected by Friday, represents a major procedural step for the CPP. Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition urged Gov. Rauner to join governors from both parties in
beginning the process of implementing the plan.

“This is a moment that many of us have been working toward for years— the moment when the nation takes a big step toward a healthier climate. With Gov. Rauner’s support of the CPP, this can also be a moment for Illinois to usher in sustained and significant gains in the growing clean energy economy, and better health for people around the state,” said the
Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.

The coalition added: “We look forward to working with the Governor, the Illinois EPA, the Illinois Commerce Commission and other stakeholders to develop a plan that benefits all of Illinois, and we believe that a workable framework for that can be found in the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.” The bill (SB1485/HB2607) is bipartisan legislation that would give Illinois state agencies the tools necessary to meet the CPP goals while building 32,000 jobs and saving energy customers more than $1.6 billion.

Many businesses that are part of the coalition said that Governor Rauner’s support of the CPP and the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill would usher in major gains for employers in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields and for the state’s economy as a whole.

“Since Illinois’ efficiency standards were first set, customers have saved more than $1 billion, and businesses like ours have put thousands of people to work retrofitting homes and businesses. There are more savings and more jobs to be had with adoption of the Clean Power Plan and the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, and we ask Gov. Rauner to help make that a reality,” said Frank Rotello, CEO, of Alpha Controls, based in the Rockford area.

“Solar is creating jobs 20 times faster than the overall economy and the technology is becoming more affordable all the time. Illinois should do everything it can to capture those jobs and help customers save money. That is why the Clean Power Plan and the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill makes good business sense, and we urge Governor Rauner to support both,” said Will Kenworthy, Vice President of Midwest Regional Operations for Microgrid Energy.

More than a dozen other Governors, including Republican Governors from Utah and Michigan, have already indicated that they will draw up their own plans to meet the standards of the CPP.

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