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OPPOSE HB 1734 AND SB 311

March 18, 2021

More profits for Ameren, higher bills for Illinoisans, low standards for reliability What does HB 1734/SB 311 do? Allows Ameren to fall short of electric reliability metrics for up to nine days per year, without penalty, through 2032. Climate change is driving more severe and more frequent extreme weather events, and when they occur, utilities…

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Major Companies, Institutions in Illinois Call for 100% Clean Energy Legislation

February 12, 2021

Press Release from Ceres Nearly two dozen employers across the state urge lawmakers to strengthen clean energy and transportation programs during the 2021 legislative session SPRINGFIELD – Nearly two dozen companies and higher education institutions in Illinois urged state lawmakers today to accelerate the state’s transition to 100% clean energy and build a cleaner, more…

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By 2050, Illinois would use only renewable energy under bill

February 9, 2021

Associate Press via WGN SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly are reviving a plan to make Illinois reliant only on renewable power sources by 2050 with policies and regulations to encourage a switch to generating energy from such sustainable sources as wind and solar. The Clean Energy Jobs Act has a…

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‘Huge.’ ‘Amazing.’ As Biden delivers ambitious plan for environment, Illinois should join in

January 28, 2021

“This is definitely the biggest day for climate action in 10 years,” said Jennifer Walling, executive director for the Illinois Environmental Council. By CST Editorial Board | Jan 27, 2021 … “This is definitely the biggest day for climate action in 10 years,” Jennifer Walling, executive director for the Illinois Environmental Council, told us on…

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Illinois hangs over a ‘solar cliff’ — and developers gaze into the unknown

December 16, 2020

By Kari Lydersen | Energy News Network The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act were awarded on Monday as solar developers plead for a legislative fix next month. State incentives for small solar installations in Illinois have officially run out, leaving the state’s industry looking over the “solar cliff” that developers…

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LTE: Make clean energy a priority

November 29, 2020

Carolyn Casady Trimble Letter to the Editor | News-Gazette Make clean energy a priority I am concerned about the world we are creating. Fortunately, I have been able to enjoy clean air and clean water. I want the same for my grandchildren. Asking your state legislators to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act now is…

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Clean Energy Jobs Act vital to transition away from fossil fuels

November 13, 2020

Guest Commentary by Rev. Cindy Shepherd | The News-Gazette Ameren Illinois and Vistra are talking out of both sides of their mouth on renewable energy. Unfortunately, each side is bad news for those who care about clean-energy jobs in Illinois. A Sept. 28 headline announced Ameren’s plans to increase reliance on solar and wind. It…

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Clean Energy Lobby Day goes virtual

November 12, 2020

By Ted Cox | One Illinois CEJA backers claim record support as more than 1,000 lobby legislators online Not the COVID-19 pandemic nor the cancellation of the General Assembly’s fall veto session could keep environmentalists from claiming a record turnout in what they called “the largest Clean Energy Lobby Day to date” on Thursday. More…

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More than 1,000 Illinoisans advocate for Clean Energy Jobs Act in virtual lobby day

November 12, 2020

By Kelsey Misbrener | Solar Power World Today, over 1,000 environmental justice, environmental and renewable energy advocates, youth activists, faith leaders, business representatives and consumer groups from every part of Illinois met virtually with over 80 members of the Illinois General Assembly to urge lawmakers to prioritize the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act…

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Clean Energy Jobs Act will move state forward

November 8, 2020

Letter to the Editor | Daily Herald Thank you, Daily Herald, for keeping us informed about the continued barriers for municipal electric utility customers who try to replace their dirty, expensive coal-fired electricity (Oct. 22 Business Section: “Energy efficiency roadblock: Batavia factory wants to add solar power …”). Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, my own town…

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The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is launching an open conversation to explore how communities across Illinois can benefit from the clean energy economy. Listen. Lead. Share. We need your voice!