This investment is part of the $369 billion in clean energy investments, said Jennifer Walling, executive director at the Illinois Environmental Council. For the state, it could both maintain and attract new workers, she said.
“This bill will supercharge what we’ve done to create equitable jobs and tackle the climate crisis here in the state,” Walling said, adding how Gov. JB Pritzker passed the Climate Equitable Jobs Act last year with the goal of 100% carbon-free energy power by 2045. The IRA calls for a carbon emissions reduction of 40% by 2030.
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