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What would the environment be like without the civil justice system?

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

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Laws passed in the 1960s and 1970s were supposed to protect the environment, but lax enforcement left corporations with little incentive to comply. Ultimately, trial attorneys were the ones who sought justice for communities destroyed by corporate polluters.

More than 50 million U.S. residents live with unhealthy air, despite the passage of the Clean Air Act. As many as 49 million Americans have water supplies that contain levels of arsenic, radioactive substance and coliform bacteria. U.S. corporations produce more than 25 billion pounds of hazardous waste every year. Trial attorneys have worked on behalf of targeted communities to force corporations to be held accountable for the contaminants they have dumped in groundwater, rivers and streams. Trial attorneys have led the fight those who have been injured and sickened by corporate attempts to evade their negligence.

Without the civil justice system, many corporate polluters would never have been held accountable for the disasters they caused. For more information, click here.

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Gaming the system or technology neutral?

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

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Exelon has repeatedly claimed their $1.5 billion bailout bill, the so-called “Low Carbon Portfolio Standard,” is actually “a technology-neutral policy that rewards all low carbon resources equally within a competitive market framework.” Is it?

The following exclusions are contained in the legislation:

    • No projects “whose costs were being recovered through State-regulated rates as of January 1, 2015” (Exelon’s plants were built with ratepayer funds and paid off long ago)
    • No projects with power purchase agreements longer than five years (how most independent projects are built)
    • No hydro power larger than three megawatts
    • No project unless registered in “Generation Attribute Tracking System”
    • Must meet “Minimum Internal Resource Requirements”

Crain’s put it best:

“the bill places such great limits on bidders other than Exelon’s Illinois nukes that Exelon is highly likely to win most if not all of the credits…the nukes by themselves could meet the state’s new standard.” [Crain’s, February 26, 2015 – emphasis added]

Exelon’s $1.5 Billion bailout bill ensures only Exelon will benefit. Or as the Belleville News Democrat said:

    “State lawmakers need to see this bill for the dirty trick it is and kill it.”

VOTE NO on SB1585/HB2393

Go to www.noexelonbailout.com for more information and listen to our new radio ad here

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ComEd’s Energy Plan for Illinois’ Future

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

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As a pioneer of Smart Grid technology, ComEd is at the forefront of revolutionary changes that are shaping an environmentally sound and prosperous energy future for Illinois. Just four years into the rollout of innovative Smart Grid technologies, we have helped customers avoid more than 3.3 million power interruptions, improved outage restoration by 30% and created 3,600 jobs.

ComEd’s Energy Plan for Illinois’ Future – HB 3328 / SB 1879 – builds on the strength of the Smart Grid foundation to provide superior solutions for a cleaner and greener Illinois, simultaneously empowering energy consumers, the Illinois economy and enhancing security and resiliency of critical infrastructure.

What’s more, this package of initiatives will have net zero cost among residential customers over the next ten years.

These high value initiatives* include:

    • Cost effective Energy Efficiency Expansion
    • Equitable Solar Power for the Community
    • Jump starting electric vehicle market with large scale deployment of electric vehicle charging stations
    • Enhanced security and resiliency for critical infrastructure with Microgrid technology
    • More Assistance Dollars for Customers in Need
    • Greater access to renewables
    • New jobs in Illinois

HB 3328 / SB 1879 reflects the need for continuous improvement in the system at a time when our modern digital economy is increasingly dependent on electricity and greater security. This legislation will meet these important infrastructure challenges. It will enable Illinois utilities to keep planning for the future and deliver even more tangible value today.

Vote Yes for HB/SB1879.

*Initiatives align with published desires of environmental stakeholders.

See: http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2014/06/19/illinois-largest-utilities-embrace-the-smart-grid/

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Credit Unions – Cooperative in structure, valued in community service

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

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Credit unions are committed to several cooperative principles, including social responsibility. At Staley Credit Union in Decatur, encouraging their members and the community to make steps toward better health is a top priority. Since 2006, the credit union has been a primary sponsor of the annual Penguin in the Park 5K. As a result of the credit union’s staunch support, this important community event has grown from 135 to nearly 1,000 participants.

Now in its 10th year, Penguin in the Park will once again receive more than $3,500 from Staley Credit Union for medals, t-shirts, sports bags, and other items. This event continues to be highly important to the credit union because health statistics in Macon County relative to obesity and physical inactivity exceed comparable data for all other Illinois counties.

Helping the community develop and maintain healthy lifestyles is just one facet of the credit union’s extensive outreach, which also includes awarding college scholarships, financially supporting a wide variety of city and county school athletic programs, post prom parties, and helping to sustain local food pantries. At the heart of the credit union philosophy is the principle of people before profits – and another reason why members are so fiercely loyal.

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