Renewable energy resources in Illinois include wind, solar, biodiesel, anaerobic digestion, organic waste biomass, hydropower, landfill gas, and other alternative sources of environmentally preferable energy. Our current extensive wind and biomass resources foster a supportive environment for investments in renewable energy. In fact, Illinois ranks second in the Midwest for installed renewable power capacity and fifth in the nation for installed wind power capacity. We also rank third in the nation for ethanol production capacity and fourth for biodiesel production capacity. Our approximate installed renewable energy capacity includes: 3,667 megawatts (mW) of wind power; 53 mW from solar photovoltaics; 40 mW from hydropower; 149 mW from biomass and waste.
Our existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandates that 25% of our energy come from renewables by 2025. However, we can do more: by passing the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (HB2607/SB1485) and fixing the RPS, we can boost the share of power that we get from renewable sources to 35% by 2030 and develop a long-term plan to procure more renewables. Adopting a more robust renewables strategy is good for the environment, good for business, good for jobs, and good for our economic future–for example, effective RPS reform could result in the annual creation of 7,000 new jobs in Illinois.
- Illinois should strive to maintain its position as one of the top five states in the country for wind production and become one of the top three solar producing states.
The faith community of Illinois is working hard to prioritize provisions in this legislation for economically disadvantaged communities. Join IEC’s affiliate,Faith in Place, in helping the faith community speak out in favor of the IL Clean Jobs Bill.