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Castro, Koehler urge increased renewable energy development and jobs

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State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria) held press conferences Thursday in regards to legislation being introduced to increase renewable energy development throughout Illinois.

“We don’t have time to waste,” Castro said. “We have an impending threat to our homes and lives. This measure will give our state the chance to become a leader in green energy, and I don’t want to pass that up.

Part of this measure seeks to promote jobs and economic opportunity to minority and disadvantaged communities.

“This bill is not only about making sure Illinois gets 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources,” Castro said. “It’s about making sure that 100 percent of Illinois shares in the benefits of clean energy.”

koehler iec 022819Another key component of this initiative are the goals set in place for Illinois to work toward becoming 100 percent dependent on renewable energy by 2050.

“If we don’t do anything to reduce our carbon emissions, we are eventually going to reach the point of no return,” Koehler said. “This legislation will keep Illinois on track to be the nation’s clean energy powerhouse while training our workforce for the future.”

Senate Bill 2132 was assigned to the Energy and Public Utilities committee and will be discussed there before moving to the Senate floor.