Area wind farms bring in construction jobs

July 11, 2018

Rebecca Susmarski | The Register-Mail GALESBURG — Area wind farms brought in many jobs during their construction phases, but not as many jobs remained after the projects’ completion. Invenergy LLC’s Bishop Hill I and Bishop Hill III wind farms in Henry County provided approximately 220 and 214 jobs, respectively, at the pinnacle of each project’s…

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Coalition Launches Clean Energy Initiative

February 19, 2018

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) announced Monday the launch of a new statewide effort aimed at encouraging Illinois to embrace renewable energy and carbon-free power. The initiative is called “Listen. Lead. Share. A conversation about winning a clean, equitable energy future.” ICJC members said their policy goals include: Ensuring equitable benefits across the state; Moving Illinois…

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Coalition Announces New Push for Clean Energy in Illinois

February 19, 2018

Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition listed several sweeping and long-term goals Joined by U.S. Congress members Rep. Mike Quigley and Rep. Robin Kelly, members of the ICJC listed several sweeping and long-term goals at an event on Chicago’s Near West Side, including pushing Illinois to use 100% renewable energy by 2050, realizing a…

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Renewable energy ‘exploding’ in Peoria and beyond

December 9, 2017

That all changed a year ago — “dramatically,” Hawksworth said — with the enactment of the Future Energy Jobs Act and an overhauled incentive system that promises as much as $15 billion in investments for renewable energy in Illinois by 2030. Solar panels at Germantown Grill “It basically created a sustainable future for our business…

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Critics say Ameren efficiency plan falls short of goals, but utility disagrees

August 18, 2017

PEORIA — An energy efficiency plan proposed by the dominant downstate power provider fails to meet key goals of state legislation crafted to conserve resources and create jobs, according to critics of the proposal. But Ameren Illinois claims it is on track to achieve necessary long-term energy savings while improving efficiency for low- and moderate-income…

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EDITORIAL: Don’t let energy company short-circuit Illinois law

August 13, 2017

Is one of the best new energy laws in the nation really about to unravel this quickly? Last December, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Future Energy Jobs Act. Hammered out over more than two years and supported by a wide variety of usually feuding interest groups, the law enhances conservation and renewable energy, preserves nuclear…

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Coalition says Ameren not doing enough to reduce energy demand

August 11, 2017

Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition say Ameren Illinois isn’t doing enough to reduce energy demand in its service territory. The coalition said Ameren’s recent energy efficiency plan filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission does not meet goals set out in the Future Energy Jobs Act, which went into effect in June. The law…

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New Energy Efficiency Law Hampered By Ameren Inefficiency

August 10, 2017

Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekritz, D-Buffalo Grove, said the Future Energy Jobs Act is supposed to bring more jobs to the state while also cutting down on energy costs. Negotiations in the law made Ameren’s efficiency goal lower than other energy providers. Ameren is supposed to reduce energy waste by 16 percent by 2030. “The…

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Advocates Blast Ameren for Bucking Illinois Energy Savings Target

August 9, 2017

Residents in central and southern Illinois will pay nearly 30 percent more than projected on utility bills if Ameren is allowed to lower its energy savings target, environmental and consumer advocates said Wednesday. The electric and gas utility provider recently filed an energy-efficiency plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission that fails to meet annual savings…

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Ameren Illinois Criticized for Lowered Energy Efficiency Goals

August 8, 2017

Environmental and consumer activists Wednesday accused Ameren Illinois of attempting to bypass energy efficiency targets set by the state’s new clean energy law. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, with Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz and representatives from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), held an Aug. 9 teleconference to criticize Ameren…

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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!