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Future Energy Jobs Bill: A Path for Illinois to a Bright Clean Energy Future

By Nick Magrisso, Expert Blog, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Last week during the final day of the annual veto session, the Illinois General Assembly passed sweeping clean energy and climate legislation that will pave the way toward a bright future that moves our electric sector toward a more modern, low carbon economy. And now, the Future Energy Jobs bill is on its way to the Governor’s desk where it’s expected to be signed. NRDC is incredibly proud to have worked closely with many, including Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, the Citizens Utility Board, along with environmental justice leaders, faith groups, labor leaders, some of the state’s most influential business leaders and the nearly 200 plus members that belong to the Clean Jobs Coalition on this historic achievement. Read more.

Nick Magrisso is NRDC’s Midwest States Legislative Director, Midwest Program. He focuses mainly on environmental and energy-related policies that affect his home state of Illinois. Magrisso is also NRDC’s lead advocate in Illinois’ capital of Springfield, where he works to advance the organization’s priorities and initiatives. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University.

Photo: Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Illinois’ New & Improved RPS Means More Solar, Solar Energy Industries Blog
The Environmental Law & Policy Center estimates that this new renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will require more than 2,700 MW of new solar by 2030. This is a large step forward for Illinois, which currently has only 66 MW of installed solar and ranks 27th nationally for total capacity.

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