Illinois’ Green Economy Gets a Boost

December 27, 2010

Illinois is going greener.

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn announced that 20-year agreements have been made to expand renewable energy use in Illinois.

The long-term agreements will increase sustainability, create jobs and ensure cost and rate stability for consumers throughout the state.

“[This] means that we will be increasing our use of renewable energy in Illinois, which will boost our economy and put more people to work,” said Governor Quinn. “Illinois is a leader in developing the green economy, and this support for renewable resources will keep us on the cutting-edge.”

The winning wind and solar energy vendors will supply Ameren and ComEd with renewable electricity. The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) administered the vendor-bidding process.

The agreements help Illinois meet its goals set in 2007 by the Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires 25 percent of electricity provided to smaller customers by the state’s major utilities to be generated from renewable resources by 2025.

“Investing in renewable energy will provide long-term economic benefits by creating good-paying jobs and attracting development to our communities,” said Michael T. Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “Wind and solar development are good for the environment, good for Illinois workers, and should be a part of the state’s energy plan now and into the future.”

The winning wind projects:

* Bishop Hill Energy

* Blackstone Wind Farm

* FPL Energy Illinois Wind

* Grand Ridge Energy

* Meadow Lake Wind Farm

* TianRun Shady Oaks

* New Harvest Wind Project

The winning solar projects:

* Invenergy Illinois Solar

* Rockford Solar Partners

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