JB Pritzker, the governor of the US state of Illinois, has released eight principles to ensure the region achieves its clean energy transition goals.
The principles have so far gained support from industry stakeholders including Path to 100 Coalition.
The principles will help the state government focus on increasing utility accountability and transparency, creating new clean energy jobs, reducing harmful emissions and maintaining low energy costs for consumers.
The eight principles include:
- Strengthen utility company transparency and ethics requirements
- Expand consumer affordability protections
- Make Illinois a Renewable Energy Leader and Phase Out Dirty Power
- Implement a market-based solution that supports clean power and clean air
- Electrify and Decarbonise Illinois’ Transportation Sector
- Support communities transitioning to clean energy
- Advance equity in the growing clean energy economy
- Enhance energy efficiency in Illinois
Governor Pritzker, said: “When it comes to clean energy innovation, Illinois is a leader in the Midwest, and by working together we can build on that progress to protect consumers and the climate.
“With these principles as a starting point, we will ensure any legislation on energy includes robust consumer protections as we work to increase transparency and restore the public’s faith in this process. I will be an advocate for ratepayers, so they know they will finally have a seat at the table. These principles represent guideposts for crafting a legislative proposal that puts consumers and climate first, and I look forward to working with our legislative partners, advocacy groups, and other concerned citizens to bring this effort home.”
Nakhia Morrissette, central region director for the Solar Energy Industries Association and spokesperson for the Path to 100 Coalition, adds: “Governor Pritzker recognizes the critical role that solar, storage and wind play in building Illinois’ economy, protecting consumers and creating a safer and more equitable future for our state. We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to working with the Governor, legislative leaders and other stakeholders to put these clean energy principles into practice.
“With smart policies in place, we will create thousands of more good-paying jobs, accelerate our efforts to build a more diverse and equitable workforce, and move Illinois forward on the path to 100% clean energy.”