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Illinois State Senators Approve SB 2408
Illinois Ag Connection - 09/14/2021

On Monday, Illinois State Senators approved Senate Bill 2408 which would keep all nuclear power plants open in Illinois.

The bill requires coal fired power plants in downstate Marissa and Springfield to reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2035. If they don't cut emissions entirely by 2045, they will have to close. The bill also includes incentives for the production and purchase of electric vehicles, investment in wind and solar energy and nearly 700 million dollars to keep nuclear plants in Northern Illinois open.

Governor JB Pritzker, who promised to sign the bill, said of the bill that he says puts consumers and the climate first:

"Today, with the Senate passage of SB 2408, the State of Illinois is making history by setting aggressive standards for a 100 percent clean energy future. After years of debate and discussion, science has prevailed, and we are charting a new future that works to mitigate the impacts of climate change here in Illinois.

"SB 2408 puts the state on a path toward 100% clean energy and invests in training a diverse workforce for the jobs of the future. Illinois will become the best state in the nation to manufacture and drive an electric vehicle, and equity will be prioritized in every new program created. SB2408 puts consumers and climate at the forefront, prioritizing meaningful ethics and transparency reforms, and institutes key ratepayer and residential customer protections.

"I'd like to thank Leaders Cunningham and Hastings and Sen. Villanueva for the many hours spent in working group meetings and negotiating sessions. I am proud of the collaborative work between stakeholders, Senate President Don Harmon and Speaker Welch that resulted in a package that makes meaningful progress in protecting our climate and consumers.

"I look forward to signing this historic measure into law as soon as possible, because our planet and the people of Illinois ought not wait any longer."

Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton said in a statement late Monday, "Today, Illinois confirmed its commitment to climate justice with the passage of Senate Bill 2408, which Gov. Pritzker has pledged to sign. Three years in the making, this historic legislation includes numerous provisions to end Illinois' reliance on fossil fuels and transition to 100% clean energy by 2050.

"I commend my friends and former colleagues in the General Assembly for passing these reforms, as well as the advocates from across the state who championed this bill, because the time to act against climate change is long overdue.

"Recently, we have seen the devastating effects of rising temperatures through wildfires, hurricanes, and droughts. Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities bear the brunt of this global emergency. This law ensures they will have a voice in our efforts to slow climate change through expanded job opportunities and entrepreneurial inclusion in the clean energy sector.

"We need to embrace bold measures that are based in science and uplift all of us. Senate Bill 2408 is an essential tool in our fight for justice, equity, and opportunity in what should be a much healthier, greener future."

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