Thankful for Clean Energy
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013
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It’s the time of year to reflect on our blessings, and one thing we’re thankful for is the great start Illinois has made on the road to a clean energy future.
We’re thankful for the 19,047 jobs created bringing Illinois wind power online, and for the contractors and electricians installing solar on the rooftops of homes and businesses.
We’re thankful that adding clean power to the grid has cut wholesale power prices by $177 million per year.
We’re thankful that clean energy is making a dent in the pollution that is causing climate change. Already we’ve avoided 5 million tons per year of the air pollution linked to more violent storms, drought, disease, and heat waves.
We’re thankful for all the local governments who are choosing renewable energy for their local power supply, and for the voices in Illinois communities working for a just transition from pollution to prosperity.
We are thankful for this progress, and hopeful for the future if we stay on the road to a clean energy future. We have work to do to stay the course, but today we count our blessings.