Illinois Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, has announced the Path to 100 Act, legislation that would expand Illinoisâ€™ renewable portfolio standard (RPS), driving new wind, solar and storage development and eventually bringing the state to 100% clean energy.
Davis worked with an alliance of clean energy businesses to develop the legislation, which builds on the efforts of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). Under FEJA, several hundred megawatts of wind and solar renewable energy credits were procured, the lawmaker notes.
The Path to 100 Act, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, in the Illinois Senate, includes the following key items:
â€śFor the sake of our economy and our future, we need to get on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable electricity, and we can start today,â€ť says Davis. â€śThe Path to 100 Act will achieve one of Governor Pritzkerâ€™s campaign goals while putting thousands of people to work, generating new investment in our state and new tax revenues for local communities.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ve seen how Illinoisâ€™ renewable energy policies can drive private investment, job training and consumer benefits,â€ť notes Amy Heart, Midwest chair for the Solar Energy Industries Association and policy director at residential solar company Sunrun. â€śWe can keep up the momentum and ensure all Illinois residents are part of our stateâ€™s clean energy future with the Path to 100.â€ť
â€śWind energy works for Illinois. There are nearly 6,000 wind energy jobs in Illinois, and wind farms across the state generate between $10 million-$15 million in lease payments to rural communities each year,â€ť adds Susan Sloan, vice president of state affairs at the American Wind Energy Association. â€śThis success story can only grow by adding more low-cost wind energy in Illinois, bringing more jobs, manufacturing and rural community benefits.â€ť