Parts of my own district suffered terrible damage during the explosions and fires on Sept. 13, 2018, which resulted in the death of a young man, Leonel Rondon, tens of thousands of residents displaced, hundreds of injuries, and dozens of damaged buildings and businesses.
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We just celebrated a milestone in NRDC’s work to end illegal and deadly ash pollution from the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant near Peoria, Illinois. Had the plant’s owners invested in the modern pollution controls they needed to comply with their permit limits for fine particles and opacity, several lives—and millions of dollars in hospitalization costs for cardiovascular disease—could have been saved. The owners never made that investment, and it’s taken years of litigation by NRDC, the Respiratory Health Association, and the Sierra Club to end the plant’s harmful pollution and help those who live and work around the plant move on.
Ameren Illinois last week unveiled a plan to increase the production of lower-cost renewable energy through targeted investment in rural and underserved communities in an effort to move Illinois closer to reaching its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
Across the U.S., sustainable microgrids are emerging as a vital tool in the fight against climate change and increasingly common natural disasters. In the wake of hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires, the traditional energy grid in many parts of the country is struggling to keep the power flowing, causing outages that slow local economies and ultimately put lives at risk.
“Today we fulfilled a responsibility to our present community and its future generations,” Mayor Wilmot Collins said. “We made long-term commitment to put the health and well-being of Helena and its citizens at the forefront of our decisions about how we grow into the future and how we meet our community’s energy needs. This is the first step, and I look forward to the journey.”
Currently, more than half of Michigan’s 1,800-plus municipalities have considered renewable energy in their zoning ordinances. As utility-scale renewable energy expands, remaining communities will have a rich resource to help guide their new ordinances.
Governor Cuomo Announces 30-Day Amendment to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects and Drive Economic Growth as Part of Nation-Leading Climate Agenda
Legislation to Create Office of Renewable Energy Permitting. Office Will Streamline Process for Environmentally Responsible and Cost-Effective Siting of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Across the State