How will Illinois comply with the president’s Clean Power Plan? One group has the answer – pass our bill.
The Illinois Clean Jobs coalition is still ginning up support for the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, which likely isn’t going anywhere this year. It would require Illinois to derive 35 percent of its power from renewable energy sources. Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council says that, combined with the president’s plan to cut carbon emissions, means some coal fired plants will shut down.
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“We’ve already seen this, where the technology is so far behind it can’t be modernized,” Walling says. “Illinois has a clean coal standard, but we don’t have plants that are within that standard yet.”
The Clean Jobs Coalition estimates average household savings of about $100 a year if its proposal is implemented in tandem with the president’s guidelines.