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Illinois Gets Greener Every Day

August 08, 2010

For the first time ever, Illinois has made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of 50 largest green power purchasers.

Our state ranked 23rd overall, and the City of Chicago ranked fourth among the Top 20 Local Governments.

According to the U.S. EPA, Illinois’ green power purchase of 176 million kWh is the same as avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 24,000 cars per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 15,000 average American homes per year.

“We’re proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the top green power-purchasing state governments,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “Illinois’ use of green power demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and support for the development of cleaner, renewable energy sources, which is good for both our environment and our economy.”

Governor Quinn has signed many laws that ensure greater energy efficiency, use of renewable energy and protection of our land, air and water resources.

To see the green work that’s being done in Illinois, visit www.Green.Illinois.gov.

To view the U.S. EPA’s Top Partner Lists, check out www.epa.gov.

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