Radical energy legislation stalls again at Illinois state house
Legislation to shut down coal-fired power plants by 2045 while supporting nuclear and green power programs has stuck again at the state house, but work continues on the bill.
After hours of delay for a Senate committee to consider the bill on Tuesday, Democrats said there would be no vote. Pat Devaney, AFL-CIO, said the work is now fully integrated. He said there were hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs at stake and that the impending shutdown of nuclear power plants would undermine the goals of a climate group.
“There are a lot of things happening that negatively affect the climate if we don’t pass legislation now,” Devaney said.
Juliana Pino of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization said she was still opposed to the measure. When State Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris, who owns a nuclear power plant in her district, insisted on what they are looking for, Pino said they would not bow to forcing the closure of coal plants. .
“Our plan is clear and rapid development of renewable energy, reliable intermediate reductions at existing plants, predictable shutdown dates, mitigation of pollution where it needs to be mitigated first,” Pino said.
There was also opposition from the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, which said the measure would lead to the largest electricity rate hike in Illinois history and hit the manufacturing sector “extremely hard.”
“Manufacturers use a third of all energy in the United States,” said Mark Denzler, president and CEO of IMA. “Manufacturers are committed to sustainability and reduced energy consumption. Over the past decade, manufacturers have cut emissions by 21% while increasing production by 18%.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce also opposes the bill.
It is not known when the measure will progress.
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