Statement: Governor Pritzker’s new energy bill is a big step towards Illinois’ renewable future

For Immediate Release

Chicago -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker introduced the Consumers and Climate First Act in the Illinois Legislature Thursday, a comprehensive piece of legislation that sets ambitious renewable energy goals and strong electrification and energy efficiency policies. The bill includes a commitment 100 percent clean electricity statewide by 2050, an increase to the state’s short term renewable energy goals to 40% renewable by 2030, and minimum energy and water efficiency standards for common appliances. In addition, the bill aims to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and provides rebates for electric vehicle owners.

In response, Environment Illinois Associate Paloma Paez-Coombe issued the following statement:

“Over the past ten years, 100 percent renewable energy has gone from an aspirational dream to a serious commitment that seven states and over 140 cities have already made. If passed, the Consumers and Climate First Act would make Illinois the eighth state to commit to 100 percent clean or renewable electricity, and would protect Illinois’ climate and environment for future generations. Bold, big picture goals must be paired with practical, short-term stepping stones, and we’re excited that this bill offers both. It’s time to move beyond the outdated and polluting energy sources harming our environment, and set our sights on Illinois’ clean, renewable future.”