Gov. Pritzker signs clean energy bill into law

Gov. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By WJBC Staff

CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker is signing a clean energy bill into law that he says makes Illinois a national leader.

The sweeping measure puts the state on a path to reach 100% clean energy by 2050 and one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

It also invests in wind and solar projects and adds consumer protections like eliminating the online payment fee for all customer utility bills.

“In short, with economic growth and jobs are woven into its fabric, this new law is the most significant step Illinois has taken in a generation toward a reliable, renewable, affordable, and clean energy future in a generation,” the governor said during a press conference in Chicago.

Senator Mike Hastings (D-Frankfort) said the clean energy bill is a plan that could not wait.

“We have increased high heat days. We have increased global carbon emissions. We have increased extreme weather events. Our world is changing, and inaction would be an injustice for all of us, and that’s why I’m very proud of this piece of legislation.”

That law also includes a $4,000 rebate for purchasing an electric vehicle and money to keep Illinois’ nuclear plants open.

WJBC Staff can be reached at News@WJBC.com.

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