Illinois

ILLINOIS

lllinois’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed by about one degree (F) in the last century. Floods are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming later or melting sooner.

While precipitation has increased by an average of 4% nationwide between 1901 and 2015, Illinois has seen as much as a 10% rise in precipitation in this period. Most of this moisture is experienced as increased rainfall in the winter and spring, bringing hazards such as rising water levels of lakes, severe weather and tornadoes and exacerbating ecological issues like algae blooms and invasive species migration. These challenges expose the weaknesses in ageing infrastructure and hold severe consequences for the agricultural sector, where waterlogging is expected to cause a 10-30% decline in corn and soy yields.

The midwest’s economic powerhouse, Illinois is the fifth-most energy consuming state in the country, with 31% of its end-use consumption coming from the industrial sector, but is also a major electricity generator with the largest number of nuclear power plants in the nation. A key hub for crude oil and natural gas moving throughout the United States. Illinois also has substantial coal reserves and some crude oil resources as well. A  leading producer of both ethanol and biodiesel, Illinois’ primary renewable resource is biofuels. The state is the third-largest ethanol producer, after Iowa and Nebraska, and has the third-largest ethanol production capacity and the fourth-largest biodiesel production capacity in the nation.

The state is a leader in wind-powered electricity generating capacity, ranking sixth in the nation. By  2019, wind power had become the primary renewable resource used for  electric power generation, supplying 7%, triple what it was in 2010. with a goal of procuring 75% of its renewable energy from wind by 2025.

Illinois took ambitious steps in 2018 to decarbonize its fossil-fuel dependent economy by passing the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan with goals of 25% renewable energy by 2025. This portfolio standard also invests in job creation and a plan for making solar energy affordable for all.

Already by 2019, Illinois had become a leader in wind-powered electricity generating capacity, ranking sixth in the nation. Making up 7% of its electric power generation (triple of what it was in 2010), wind power was its primary renewable resource. Its greater goal is to procure 75% of its renewable energy from wind by 2025.

A new plan called the Clean Energy Jobs Act was proposed in 2019, with the backing of Governor J.B. Pritzker, to establish a target of 100% renewable energy by 2050 and put it in league with 14 other states (including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico). On 9/15/2021, with support from both sides of the aisle, the governor succeeded,  signing a massive climate and energy plan (including supporting three of Illinois’ nuclear power plants and doubling the subsidies available for renewable energy companies to build wind and solar projects)  to get Illinois to 40% renewable energy by 2030, 50% by 2040, and 2050 for when 100% of the state’s power comes from “ clean” sources that include nuclear plants  Fossil fuels as power sources will be largely phased out of Illinois’ energy portfolio by 2045.

At the signing Pritzker said, “We’ve seen the effects of climate change right here in Illinois repeatedly in the last two and a half years alone,” he said. “A polar vortex. Devastating floods. Microbursts that destroy buildings. Record lake levels. Extreme heat.”

President Biden’s administration praised the deal Wednesday, with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm issuing a statement saying Illinois’ law will show “just what bold state-level action can do to usher in the clean energy future.”

“Preserving our existing fleet of nuclear reactors, adopting more clean and renewable energy, and incentivizing sales of electric vehicles are all key components of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and essential to reaching our nation’s bold climate goals,” Granholm said.

Illinois is one of twenty five states committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

As Chicago broils, neighbors find ways to keep each other cool

By Siri Chilukuri 08/24/23
A massive heat dome covered the central part of the United States on Thursday, stretching from Omaha, Nebraska, down to New Orleans, putting 143 million people in 19 states under heat alerts.
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On Chicago’s South Side, Neighbors Fight to Keep Lake Michigan at Bay

By Siri Chilukuri, Grist 08/10/23
Jera Slaughter looks at her backyard with pride, pointing out every feature and explaining how it came to be. The landscaping committee in her apartment building takes such things seriously. But unlike homeowners who might…
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Drought, deluge and the climate curious farmers of central Illinois

By Zachary Nauth 07/19/23
Drought, killer dust storms, torrential downpours, flooding and extreme weather. Illinois, the country’s number one producer of soybeans, and number two producer of corn, has seen it all this year.
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Underground Heat Is Sinking Our Cities, Study Says

By Angely Mercado 07/14/23
Heat is a silent hazard sitting beneath cities, threatening to shift infrastructure. A study published this week in Communications Engineering, outlines how heat could be changing major cities, but urban areas throughout the U.S. may…
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Mapping a threat: Climate change’s deadly summer heat may deepen disparities in Chicago

By Sarah Macaraeg 05/30/23
Every year, Chicagoans relish the onset of “Summertime Chi,” when the frigid winter gives way to summer heat and outdoor spaces come alive with concerts and neighborhood festivals. But the rising temperatures that make Chicago…
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A deadly dust storm highlights dangers of drier weather and top soil loss in the central U.S.

By Sarah Nardi 05/22/23
A rare dust storm in Illinois this month caused a 72-car pileup on an interstate. Climate experts say it points to a bigger problem — soil erosion.
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New tools to combat Chicago’s changing climate

By Gillian King-Cargile 05/05/23
Chicago is already experiencing the impacts of climate change — from extreme weather to flooding and heat waves. To better understand how this will affect neighborhoods that are most at risk, scientists from the U.S.…
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7 died in an Illinois dust storm pileup — will climate change bring more such tragedies?

By Elizabeth Weise and Dinah Voyles Pulver 05/03/23
The National Weather Service office in Springfield, Illinois, issued a blowing-dust warning Monday for the first time ever after a blinding dust storm sprang up south of Springfield, Illinois, causing a deadly highway pileup. It…
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Illinois Launches Long-Awaited Job-Training Programs in the Clean Energy and Construction Sectors

By Aydali Campa 04/29/23
Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced $16 million in funds last week toward clean energy workforce development programs and boosting diversity in the industry.  The announcement builds on…
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Activists Rally at Illinois Capitol, Urging Lawmakers to Pass 9 Climate and Environmental Bills

By Aydali Campa 04/21/23
Hundreds of environmental activists rallied at the Illinois State Capitol, urging legislators to support bills that advance environmental justice and protection and that address climate change. Advocates also delivered a letter to the governor’s office…
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Four major Illinois research institutions form a collaboration to improve urban forest drought resilience

04/13/23
Scientists at four leading Illinois research institutions, three in the Chicago region, are forming a new collaboration to study the effects of drought on urban trees and develop more effective drought response strategies nationwide through…
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Climate change threatens central Illinois maple syrup production

By Charlie Schlenker 04/11/23
The largest maple syrup producer in Illinois may not have a future as global climate change progresses. Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup has been in business since the 1890s. Debby Funk is part of the…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

With reboot, Illinois hopes for more orderly solar incentive rollout

06/08/23
Illinois’ ambitious distributed solar incentive program has reopened and is quickly clearing an application backlog after stalling for months in 2022 and early 2023 while transitioning to a new program administrator.

In Illinois, Manufacturing Investments Grow Clean Energy

06/02/23
This week, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) joined local leaders and partners to announce Manner Polymers’ new manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, IL. The company’s state-of-the-art facility…

Cordelio seals funds for 171-MW Illinois wind farm to power Microsoft

06/01/23
Toronto-based renewable power producer Cordelio Power said on Thursday it has completed financing for its 171-MW Moraine Sands wind project in Mason County, Illinois.

Lawmakers approve measure giving utilities control over new downstate transmission lines

05/31/23
In the final hours of their spring session last week, lawmakers approved a controversial measure that would give existing power companies in downstate Illinois, notably Ameren Illinois, the first crack at installing new transmission lines.

Ill. Senator Fowler passes bill to keep renewable energy components out of landfills

05/13/23
Illinois Senator Dale Fowler has passed a bill with the hopes to keep renewable energy components like wind turbines and solar panels out of landfills. “With Illinois turning to wind and solar as a main…

Energy experts address reliability of Illinois renewable resources

04/13/23
Illinois senators heard from some of the top experts on energy grid reliability Thursday morning. The subject matter hearing was topical as many downstate lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are voicing concerns about…

Illinois hopes to lure renewable energy storage companies to the state

04/05/23
Now that Illinois is on a fast track to convert to renewable energy, a critical part of the transition may have been overlooked. Coal-fired power plants are going offline or are set to be decommissioned…

Illinois Has No Time to Waste in Building Its Carbon-Free Electricity Future

04/03/23
Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) sets a bold goal for the state—no carbon pollution from electricity generation by 2045, which means zero global warming emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants. Along with…

Renewable energy use is up sharply in Illinois and slightly in Missouri

By Mark Degon 04/03/23
Generation of renewable energy surged in many U.S. states last year with a major jump in Illinois and a minor increase in Missouri, according to a new report by a nonpartisan research group. Nationally, renewable…

Developer begins construction on 800 MW Illinois project with U.S. made components

03/29/23
Swift Current Energy, a Boston-based solar and wind project developer, has kicked off construction on the Double Black Diamond solar project in Illinois, an 800 MW(dc) utility solar project that is vying for the recognition…

Nuclear option: Illinois grapples with the future of nuclear power

03/20/23
A measure allowing the construction of new commercial nuclear power plants has bipartisan, bicameral support in the state legislature as the body considers its next steps in meeting carbon-free energy goals while maintaining grid reliability.

DOE renews Bioenergy Center at University of Illinois

03/17/23
The U.S. Department of Energy has committed another round of funding to the University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign to lead the second phase of its Bioenergy Research Center. This is one of four large-scale DOE-funded…

Illinois Climate Bank Announces over $250 Million in Climate Finance Achieved in First Year

03/17/23
The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA), in its role as the State Climate Bank, today announced a landmark year of deploying over $250 million in private capital to further clean and sustainable development projects. Additionally, the…

Carbon capture could be boon for Illinois

03/08/23
Unlikely as it sounds, rural Illinois is getting a whiff of economic hope from some of the leading producers of air pollution.

A Clean Jobs Sweep

03/01/23
Power bills sent out around the state of Illinois are going to look a bit different in the coming decade, as the state aggressively pursues greener power alternatives. Solar energy is a main focus for…

Illinois Put a Stop to Local Governments’ Ability to Kill Solar and Wind Projects. Will Other Midwestern States Follow?

02/27/23
Two years ago, Illinois had adopted a landmark clean energy law that called for building vast amounts of renewable power. At the same time, 15 counties with some of the most land available for wind…

Illinois utility to double its community solar capacity this year

02/20/23
A northern Illinois city that is home to the first electric bus assembly facility of Lion Electric can now add another clean energy accolade to its dashboard. Located 35 miles southwest of Chicago, the city…

Big batteries to store renewable energy create fire hazard

02/14/23
As Illinois pushes for more renewable energy, it comes with a fire hazard risk at battery storage centers. A battery storage facility explosion in Arizona hurt eight firefighters. There have been three other fires.

Ameresco to develop solar facility at abandoned Illinois landfill

02/09/23
Renewable energy developer Ameresco said Thursday it would work with officials in Illinois to develop a 5-megawatt solar power facility at an abandoned landfill, which could bring $1 million in revenue.

City of Alton, IL and Ameresco Move Forward on 5MW Solar Project

02/09/23
Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE: AMRC), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced its partnership with the City of Alton, Illinois to develop and install a 5 megawatt AC (MWAC)/7 megawatt…

GOP lawmakers urge for policies to address Illinois’ increased energy costs

02/08/23
Energy prices in Illinois are increasing and Republican lawmakers are blaming the governor's energy policies.

Midwest coalition pins hopes on federal funding for regional hydrogen hub

02/07/23
Illinois business leaders and researchers are hoping to leverage hundreds of millions of federal dollars to develop a thriving “hydrogen economy.”

Illinois governor signs bill establishing SAF tax credit

02/07/23
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Feb. 3 signed the Invest in Illinois Act. The legislative package, in part, creates a $1.50 per gallon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) purchase tax credit to support the supply and…

Illinois Enacts New Law to Standardize Local Permitting for Renewable Energy Facilities

01/30/23
On Friday, January 27, 2023, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law, Public Act 102-1123, which refines county governments’ ability to regulate new commercial wind and solar energy facilities. Specifically, PA 102-1123 prohibits counties…

Activists call for Chicago to rule out natural gas in new buildings, citing health risks, costs and climate change

01/19/23
Environmentalists, activists and consumer advocates are calling on Chicago politicians to pass a clean buildings ordinance that would effectively rule out the use of natural gas in most new buildings.

Illinois’ ComEd seeks four-year, $1.47 billion rate increase to bolster the grid for EVs, electrification and climate change

01/17/23
ComEd filed for a four-year, $1.47 billion rate increase Tuesday with the Illinois Commerce Commission to bolster its grid for the demands of EVs, electrification and climate change.

Illinois House panel advances requirements for electric-vehicle charging at new, renovated buildings

01/12/22
A measure before the General Assembly would require new and renovated residential or commercial buildings to set aside parking spaces that could easily be converted into charging stations for electric vehicles.

Illinoisans likely won’t see changes from the new energy bill for a few years

12/19/21
It will take a few years before residents in the Metro East and across Illinois start to see some of the biggest effects of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, like the expansion of solar…

Kane County Solar Project to save millions on energy costs

09/27/21
A 2 megawatt solar (2MW) field to be installed at the Kane County Judicial Center in Geneva will generate enough energy to save taxpayers $5 million over the next 25 years.

United States: The Future Of Illinois Energy Policy: Renewable Energy Set To Expand

09/22/21
On September 15, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the sweeping Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (SB2408), establishing the next steps for Illinois energy policy after years of negotiation. This legislation builds on…

Massive clean energy bill becomes law, investing billions in renewable, nuclear sectors

09/15/21
Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon…

NOAA, Chicago partner on climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

07/13/21
With help from NOAA, a caucus of Chicago’s metropolitan mayors released today one of the first regional climate plans in the United States. It calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from…

Preparing for Climate Change in Illinois

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps the state is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Evanston Climate Action and Resilience Plan

04/11/19
Evanston has a long track record of success when it comes to climate action. Since the City Council’s unanimous decision to support participation in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006, our…

Chicago Climate Action Plan

04/11/19
To assess the impacts of climate change and to develop a plan for the future, the City of Chicago consulted leading scientists to describe various scenarios for Chicago’s climate future and how those would impact…

The University of Illinois Climate Action Plan

04/10/19
In 2008, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This action committed the campus to carbon neutrality by the year 2050. The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)…

KEY RESOURCES

Illinois Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/11/22
Solar energy is picking up steam in Illinois, with almost 50,000 installations across the state. Homeowners continue to recognize the many benefits of going green, choosing to install solar panels in Illinois with the support…

Illinois State Profile and Energy Estimates

09/23/21
Located in the center of the United States, Illinois is the most populous Midwestern state, and ranks sixth in the nation in population and fifth in GDP. The state's population is concentrated in a few…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Illinois

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Illinois experienced two floods and 10 severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Illinois

07/31/20
In the Midwestern region, extreme heat, flooding and intense rain is expected to harm agriculture, health and infrastructure. The National Climate Assessment also points to increased risks from climate change to the Great Lakes, including…

What Climate Change Means for Illinois

05/05/20
Illinois’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed by about one degree (F) in the last century. Floods are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming later or…

Florida Renewable Energy

01/24/20
Florida produces more electricity from biomass than solar, wind, and hydroelectricity combined. Burning biomass is an effective way to produce electricity, and has the added benefit of helping Florida farmers, businesses, and landfills get rid…

Wind Energy in Illinois

01/21/20
Find wind data and information in Illinois, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more.

Illinois’ Voice for Consumer Choice

01/21/20
The Illinois Renewable Fuels Association supports the Illinois ethanol industry by pursuing legislative initiatives, conducting research, and developing infrastructure – all so Illinois consumers can have cheaper, more environmentally friendly options at the pump!

Solar Power in Illinois: All You Need to Know

01/21/20
Illinois Solar Power: Check Your Savings, Costs, Tax Breaks Incentives and Rebates. If you live in the state of Illinois, the switch to solar can give you considerable cash savings over its service life.

Ultimate Guide to Home Solar Panels in Illinois

01/21/20
This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Illinois home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help…

Best Illinois Electricity Companies

01/21/20
Illinois became a deregulated state for large and industrial businesses in 1997 and a fully deregulated state in 2008. This means if you’re a resident or a business owner in Illinois, you have a choice…

Illinois solar incentives and rebates help you save on solar

01/21/20
If you live in Illinois and are considering investing in a solar energy system for your home, here’s some great news for you: your state offers myriad solar incentives to help you out. Even if…

Illinois Renewable Energy Association

01/08/20
IREA offers private tours of a solar installation

MORE NEWS

Electric cars are creating a new economy — and leaving some towns behind

By Jeanne Whalen   03/22/23  
Early last year, workers at a Jeep factory here hoped their plant would be converted to an electric vehicle facility as the auto industry revamps for a green-energy future. Engineers came to take measurements for…
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Illinois Put a Stop to Local Governments’ Ability to Kill Solar and Wind Projects

By Dan Gearino, Aydali Campa   02/27/23  
Two years ago, Illinois had adopted a landmark clean energy law that called for building vast amounts of renewable power. At the same time, 15 counties with some of the most land available for wind…
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Hurricane winds will get stronger in states like Illinois and Tennessee, threatening more properties

By Emma Newburger   02/27/23  
More than 13 million properties that are not currently exposed to tropical cyclones will be at risk of damage from hurricane-force winds over the next three decades, according to an analysis by the nonprofit First…
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How Kane County feels about climate change

By Stacker   02/04/23  
According to the Pew Research Center, about two-thirds of Americans feel the federal government is not doing enough to counteract the effects of climate change. While a majority of U.S. adults acknowledge climate change to…
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ComEd report shows how science and supercomputers help utilities adapt to climate change

By Kristen Mally Dean   01/13/23  
ComEd and Argonne National Laboratory partnered on a milestone report that analyzes the impact of climate in future northern Illinois.
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State tackling harmful Lake Michigan shoreline erosion at Illinois Beach State Park

01/12/23  
Two ground-breaking projects underway at Illinois Beach State Park will help protect precious shoreline from erosion caused by Lake Michigan waves and inform future decisions about how to blunt the effects of erosion and climate…
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New State Water Plan spotlights 13 critical water-related challenges for Illinois

01/11/23  
The Illinois State Water Plan, which serves as a blueprint for addressing key water-related challenges in the state over the next decade, has been updated for the first time since 1984 and is available to…
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As Flooding Increases, Chicago Looks To Make Basement Housing Safer – Inside Climate News

By Siri Chilukuri   12/26/22  
This story is part of a collaborative series, from the Institute for Nonprofit News, Borderless Magazine and four other news partners, examining climate resilience across the Great Lakes. This reporting was made possible with support…
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State, federal solar incentives help Illinois feed mill slash energy costs

By Kari Lydersen   11/21/22  
The semi-trucks stream in and out, more than 60 a day, delivering mounds of corn and soybeans and departing full of feed pellets ready to fatten pigs across Illinois and Missouri.
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Chicago teachers fund to divest fossil fuels by end of 2027

By Rob Kozlowski   10/21/22  
The $11.5 billion pension fund's board at its Oct. 20 meeting approved a new resolution seeking to engage with fossil fuel companies to encourage them toward paths of renewable energy, as well as commit to…
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Persistent Rains Pummel Chicago, Submerging Roads and Swamping Basements

By Julie Bosman   09/11/22  
Torrential, unrelenting rains swept through Chicago on Sunday, flooding basements and alleys, closing grocery stores and restaurants, and leaving cars floating under viaducts on streets impassable with deep water.
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Chicago’s city-owned buildings will shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025

By Matt Hickman   08/10/22  
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week that her administration’s plan to purchase clean, renewable energy for all city-owned facilities and operations by 2025 will move ahead following the finalization of a $422 million contract…
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Illinois prepares to reboot low-income solar program to improve access for all

By Kari Lydersen   07/28/22  
Solar and environmental justice advocates are hopeful that changes being made to an Illinois low-income solar program will help it finally catch on in the communities it was meant to serve. Illinois Solar for All…
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Solar, storage projects set to bring jobs, tax revenue to Illinois coal communities

By Kari Lydersen   07/12/22  
The sites for the installations were recently announced, along with five other former coal plants that will host standalone energy storage projects. Vistra, which owns the solar-plus-storage sites, will receive a premium for renewable energy…
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Chicago gets failing grade for ozone air pollution from American Lung Association

By Stacey Baca   04/22/22  
A new report from the American Lung Association gives the Chicago area a failing grade when it comes to some types of air pollution. Officials from the organization said the city ranks in their top…
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Illinois offers $4,000 incentive to electric vehicle buyers

By YCC Team   04/18/22  
The Biden administration has set a goal that half of all new cars sold in the U.S. will be electric by 2030, and many states are creating plans to encourage drivers to make the switch.
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Rooftop Gardens Can Help Alleviate Heat in Cities, Study Finds

By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes   03/24/22  
If you’ve even spent a summer in the city and been able to relate to the song of the same name then you know the feeling of wanting to escape the heat by sitting in…
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‘Last Gasp for Coal’ Saw Illinois Plants Crank up Emission-Spewing Production Last Year

By Brett Chase and Dan Gearino   03/18/22  
When Illinois lawmakers decided last year to ban most coal-burning power plants by 2030, it was because their harmful effects were well known.
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The Illinois town that got up and left

By Marcello Rossi   03/15/22  
In the summer of 1993, the southwestern Illinois town of Valmeyer took the brunt of a massive flood when, not once but twice in a month, the swollen Mississippi River topped its levee system. The…
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Following Climate-Equitable Jobs Act, Illinois Sees High Growth in Solar Projects

By Ariana Fine   02/16/22  
Five months after the passage of Illinois’ landmark clean energy law, solar businesses have installed enough renewable energy to power 30,000 homes and are building a more diverse workforce with the help of job training…
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A Bigger Tent Delivers Stronger Wins for Climate: The Lesson From Illinois

By Sarah Spengeman   01/27/22  
The state’s recently passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act offers a model for other states to build coalitions to help communities and the planet.
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Illinois tops the list, demonstrating national leadership in green building

By Deisy Verdinez   01/26/22  
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the ranking of its annual Top 10 States for LEED, with Illinois once again topping the list and demonstrating leadership in green building. Illinois certified 3.16 square feet…
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Electricity Regulation With Equity & Justice For All

By Kiran Julin   01/16/22  
Poring over the line items on your monthly electricity bill may not sound like an enticing way to spend an afternoon, but the way electricity bills are structured has a significant impact on equitable energy…
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Bill would require new residential buildings in Illinois to accommodate EV charging Read more at: https://www.bnd.com/news/politics-government/article257268792.html#storylink=cpy

By Grace Kinnicutt   01/13/22  
A measure before the General Assembly would require new and renovated residential or commercial buildings to set aside parking spaces that could easily be converted into electric vehicle charging station ....
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Illinois just experienced one of its warmest Decembers on record

By Dana Cronin   01/06/22  
According to provisional data, December 2021 was the fifth warmest December on record. The average statewide temperature was 39.4 degrees Fahrenheit – more than nine degrees above average.
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IFB facing tough questions on renewable energy

By Jeannine Otto   01/06/22  
The Illinois Farm Bureau will be trying to find a way to ensure that one of its core values — protecting the right of property owners to do what they want with their property —…
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Experts say more ‘smart’ technology is needed in the Great Lakes to monitor climate change

By Mark Lebien   01/03/22  
That’s the view of researchers, scientists and government agencies that monitor the world’s largest freshwater system. As climate change shows signs of altering the lakes’ ice cover, water temperatures, water levels and shorelines, experts are…
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‘Spring was dry, summer was humid and hot, and fall was weird’: Some surprising swings in 2021

By Morgan Greene   01/03/22  
From extreme winter cold in the early months of 2021 to record-breaking warmth that heated fall nights, the year included events emblematic of the state’s changing climate, and some surprising swings that served as a…
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Illinois needs interstate competition, not in-state monopoly, to lower electricity costs

By Donald Kochan   12/29/21  
The mandate in 2021 energy legislation requires utilities to increase the amount of in-state renewable energy they purchase. It makes no sense to geographically restrict where utilities purchase energy from.
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Three big natural gas plants would wipe out climate gains from recent shutdowns of coal-fired plants in Illinois

By Michael Hawthorne   12/28/21  
Two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law billed as the nation’s most aggressive mandate for clean energy, the Chicago Democrat’s administration tentatively approved a major new source of heat-trapping pollution.
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Illinois falls behind federal goal to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into its waterways

By Morgan Greene   12/23/21  
Hundreds of miles south of Chicago, decomposing algae in the Gulf of Mexico makes life so perilous for fish they swim away—or die.
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Inside Clean Energy: Here Are 5 States that Took Leaps on Clean Energy Policy in 2021

By Dan Gearino   12/23/21  
It’s understandable if people are feeling dour during this unseasonably warm December when, once again, the U.S. Congress has failed to pass major climate legislation.
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Illinois — a major feeder to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone — falls behind federal goal to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into its waterways

By Morgan Greene   12/20/21  
Hundreds of miles south of Chicago, decomposing algae in the Gulf of Mexico makes life so perilous for fish they swim away — or die.
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Consumer Utility Board issues warning about Ameren Illinois rate increase

By Shepard Price   12/16/21  
On Monday, Dec. 13, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved by a vote of 4-1 a $57,609,000 formula rate hike for Ameren Illinois. The delivery increase is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
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Illinois Shows Us What the Road to Clean Energy Should Look Like

By Courtney Lindwall   12/02/21  
Here’s how a formidable clean energy coalition helped pass the most equitable climate legislation in the country—and developed a blueprint for other states to follow.
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Pritzker’s energy policy promises 40% renewable power by 2030. But Illinois has fallen short of earlier targets.

By Dan Petrella   10/12/21  
Gov. J.B. Pritzker hailed the energy policy overhaul he signed last month as a “giant leap forward” in addressing Illinois’ contributions to climate change, a sentiment echoed by many environmental advocates and other supporters.
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Americans may soon pay more for milk, cheese as rising heat stresses livestock

By Dana Cronin   09/28/21  
Farmers across the U.S. are struggling to keep their livestock cool enough amid rising temperatures and dangerous heat caused by climate change. As Illinois Public Media’s Dana Cronin reports, livestock producers are searching for ways…
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In Illinois, energy law’s coal-to-solar commitments spark hope, skepticism

By Kari Lydersen   09/28/21  
The sudden closure of Vistra Energy’s Havana, Illinois, coal plant two years ago was a win for the climate and ratepayers, but a devastating blow to the tax base that the local school district, parks,…
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Illinois becomes 1st Midwestern state to pass a law to phase out fossil fuels

By Ben Adler   09/28/21  
At a time when the Midwest is being battered by more severe storms due to climate change, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a landmark law this month that will transition the state to 100 percent…
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What Illinois’ green energy law means for electric car buyers

By Marni Pyke   09/27/21  
There's a lot to unpack in Illinois' new 956-page clean energy program, including $4,000 rebates for electric vehicles, subsidies for charging stations and ... some ambiguities.
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Small islands between tourism economy and climate change | Nation

09/27/21  
Visit Maldives. The President of Maldives This year’s UN General Assembly, The moment before switching to a fervent plea to support the fight against climate change. Adjacent appeals represent a central dilemma in many small…
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State of Illinois Enacts Landmark Energy Transition Legislation That Includes Vistra’s Coal to Solar & Energy Storage Initiative

09/17/21  
Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law SB 2408, the Energy Transition Act, a sweeping and comprehensive measure designed to move the State of Illinois to 100% clean energy, support a responsible transition away from carbon-intense…
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Illinois Solar Tour goes hybrid in showcasing homes, businesses across the state

09/16/21  
More than 60 solar homes and businesses across the state participating in this year's Illinois Solar Tour, which will give thousands of Illinois residents an exclusive in-person or virtual look at the world's fastest growing…
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Pritzker Signs Climate Plan To Get Illinois On Path To 100% Clean Energy With Help From Ratepayer Hike

By npr Illinois   09/15/21  
Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed a massive climate and energy plan into law — the last and hardest fought of his agenda items for his first four years in office as he gears up…
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Ill. Gov. Pledges to Sign Landmark Clean Energy Bill

By Dean Olsen   09/14/21  
Illinois Gov. Jb Pritzker Has Said He Will Quickly Sign A Bill That Calls For Green Economy Expansion And The Closure Of All Coal-fired Power Plants In The State By 2045. Critics Say The Bill…
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The Grassroots Movement that Saved One-Third of Illinois’ Clean Electricity

By Eric Meyer   09/14/21  
Today marks a massive victory for the United States pro-nuclear movement as key laws were passed in the Illinois legislature that secure the futures of the Byron and Dresden Nuclear Plants.
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Illinois Senate passes bill to save nuclear plants, sends to House

By Timothy Gardner   09/02/21  
The Illinois Senate passed a bill early on Wednesday that aims to prevent two nuclear power plants from shutting this autumn, sending the legislation to the House where it was uncertain if the chamber would…
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Chicago becomes a museum to the devastating intersection of racism and climate change

By Nate Berg   08/20/21  
To celebrate the 40-year anniversary of its celebrated Fellows program, the MacArthur Foundation decided to show off the talents of its grantees. The no-strings-attached “genius grants” that are awarded annually to innovators in the arts,…
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A third of the food we produce is thrown away. An app is trying to change that by connecting consumers to extra food at a bargain price.

By Maya Mokh   08/09/21  
At the end of a given day, restaurants, markets and other food stores often have leftover food that is still perfectly good, but can no longer be sold the next day. That food often gets…
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State, federal efforts too late to save Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants, CEO Crane says

By Lulia Gheorghiu   08/06/21  
Exelon Generation has two Illinois nuclear plants slated for shutdown and decommissioning this fall, despite recent federal proposals for both a tax credit and a fund for existing nuclear plants, and rising power prices in…
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