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Winning victories for clean energy.

This fall, the Illinois General Assembly passed "smart grid" legislation that includes major provisions for renewable energy and energy efficiency that Environment Illinois fought to have included in the bill. These key provisions will boost green jobs in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, cut health-harming pollution from energy production, and save consumers money. Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain and Max Muller lobbied on the successful team that brought the bill across the finish line.

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Homegrown Solar Jobs Flourishing in Illinois

The sun is shining on solar power in Illinois.

A new report ranks the state 12th nationally for the number of people employed in the solar industry, up from 20th in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 1,700 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 3,800 in Illinois.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Report: wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

The carbon pollution from 16 coal plants could be eliminated in Illinois if wind power continues its recent growth trajectory, according to a new analysis by Environment Illinois. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

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Report | Environment Illinois Research & Education Center

More Wind, Less Warming

American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes. Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Clean water groups highlight progress for Apple River, call for more success stories

On the heels of the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore and protect the Apple River, where citizens banded together to protect the river and Apple River Canyon State Park from efforts to construct two factory farms within the river’s watershed.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

New report: Illinois coal plants 7th in country

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows Illinois’ coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Israel. 

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