Legislation will protect local jobs, bolster the economy and support renewable energy development and efficiency
December 8 — Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Director of Federal Affairs Andrew Bird released the following statement to applauding Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for signing Senate Bill 2814, the Future Energy Jobs bill, into law:
“Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions applauds Governor Rauner for signing the Future Energy Jobs bill, bipartisan legislation that will promote critical wind and solar expansion and save thousands of good-paying jobs for Illinois. Thanks to Governor Rauner’s commonsense, leadership to find free market, clean energy solutions, Illinois can build on its record of success as a leader in energy efficiency, which will bolster the economy, grow local jobs, and preserve a clean energy legacy that benefits the environment and Illinois families for generations to come.”
Senate Bill 2814 ensures the Clinton and Quad Cities power facilities remain open for another decade. The legislation promotes unprecedented wind and solar expansion and preserves zero-emission generation, maintaining Illinois’ status in leading the nation in zero-carbon generation. The bill also contains a guaranteed cap that energy prices cannot increase more than 25 cents on the average residential home, and cannot increase more than 1.3 percent on commercial and industrial users over the next ten years. Due to the utilities being able to amortize energy efficiency, rates are projected to decrease for the first several years.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization advocating for comprehensive and responsible solutions to our nation’s energy issues. The organization is comprised of citizens from around the country who believe it is time for politicians in Washington to stop arguing, and start working on ways to solve our nation’s energy crisis. For more information, visit CRES.