Union-backed coalition outlines broad new energy plan for Illinois

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It’s the latest measure filed of several that aim to overhaul the clean energy landscape, and its advocates — including the powerful AFL-CIO federation of labor unions — said its focus on union labor sets it apart from other proposals.

It also had bipartisan support from lawmakers who spoke at a Monday news conference, including Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, Rep. Marcus Evans, D-Chicago, Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Frankfort, and Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris.

“This bill should be our starting point,” Hoffman said at the news conference. “It should be the foundation for the future of legislation that we put together as we begin the negotiations. And it’s because this bill puts people first, it creates jobs and economic opportunity it provides for clean energy, it provides a clean air and energy security.”

The advocates said they have been in discussions with sponsors of the various other energy overhaul measures, such as the Clean Energy Jobs Act and the Path to 100 Act, as well as the governor’s office, and all parties agree that negotiations are ongoing.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act, or CEJA, is an overhaul of the state’s energy industry crafted with a focus on carbon reduction as well as social and environmental justice. Proponents of both measures cite goals of increasing accountability for utility companies as well.

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March 29, 2021 at 08:24PM

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