Renewable energy standard progresses
By Hans Detweiler, Advocate for Environmental Law and Policy Center
The proposal for an Illinois Renewable Energy Standard has continued to make progress in the state legislature. SB 25/HB 2200, sponsored by state Sen. Pat Welch and state Rep. Art Turner, would require power companies to obtain 5 percent of their power from renewable energy resources (wind, solar and bio-energy), and 15 percent by 2020.
Illinois lags behind many other states in this category. Other neighboring states have done far more, and continued excuses and foot-dragging from ComEd, Illinois Power, and Ameren appear to be losing their grips. The legislature needs to take action this year. With renewable energy increasing cost-competitive, 5 percent by 2010 represents only a very small investment by those companies.
More than a third of the Illinois State Senate is now cosponsoring the legislation. Also, more than 20 Illinois State House cosponsors are also in support of the bill. Please ask your state senator or representative to sponsor the bill. Visit http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/ILRPS for information.
Currently, ELPC and the American Wind Energy Association and other allies are negotiating with utilities in an effort to reach a compromise.
Hans Deitweiler is a Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. For information, contact Hans Detweiler, Environmental Law & Policy Center, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601 312-795-3720; 312-795-3730 (fax) Hdetweiler@ELPC.org; mailto:Hdetweiler@ELPC.org; www.elpc.org; http://www.elpc.org.