A new report says Illinois leads the nation when it comes to switching to renewable energy. The report was released Friday by national and state environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
An Illinois law passed in 2009 allows communities to buy their own electricity, rather than relying on a central purchasing agency. Since then, more than 600 communities have opted to do that, and the report says 91 of them are providing 100 percent renewable energy, either by buying it directly or buying credits that help fund renewable energy development.
The report says no other state comes close to the renewable energy Illinois is purchasing.
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“This effort at renewable and sustainable energy is going to mean that we’re doing our part to make sure that our air is clean and to make sure that future generations have a world that’s inhabitable,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said today (Friday) in Normal at a news conference with environmentalists