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We can make Illinois a clean energy leader

Illinois has a history of leading in clean energy. Our state has one of the nation’s largest wind power industries, it has 186 solar companies, and over 96,000 Illinoisans work in the clean energy industry. But in the past year, broken policies at the state level have caused clean energy investment to crash, dropping 99.6% in 2013.

The problem is our state’s renewable energy standard, or RES. The goal of the RES is great—to have 25 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2025. Unfortunately, the way the law was originally written isn’t creating an environment for clean energy development. This is a complex problem, but the result is no new clean energy in Illinois.

The good news is a solution is at hand. The clean energy sector, environmental groups, and major utilities are working on an agreement to fix this problem, but the legislature needs to act.

We have a choice here in Illinois: We can make our voices heard on the need to fight climate change, create clean energy jobs, and keep Illinois a leader in the switch to clean energy, or we can let our state fall behind as this rapidly growing industry sets up shop in neighboring states.

I know what I’m going to do.

Join us in calling on the Illinois legislature to fix the renewable energy standard and keep Illinois a leader in the switch to clean energy.

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