A new renewable energy program in Illinois is have wide impacts on the local economy and energy sector
- Aug 13, 2021 8:02 pm GMT
Illinois, like most states, has ambitious targets for renewable energy: 100 percent clean energy by 2050. However, the state is distinguishing itself by casting a wide net to get more people on board and, more importantly, prioritizing that no one is left behind in achieving those goals.
The Future Energy Jobs Act, passed in 2016, has focused on equity in reaching a renewable future that lifts all boats. ComEd, the state’s largest electric utility, reported earlier this year they connected 10,250 residential customers to energy sources like private solar, and connected another 20 community solar projects to the system. With the distributed generation added through in 2020, the distributed generation rebate program for commercial customers jumped from $8 million in 2019 to $21 million in 2020.
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