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IllinoisAt first look, Illinois wouldn’t appear to hold a lot of promise for clean energy. The state is first in the country in nuclear energy generation and is a leader in coal mining and crude oil refineries.1
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2014
http://1.usa.gov/19Ne09V
But in fact, Illinois is home to a diverse, thriving renewable energy industry.

Illinois is 2nd in the Midwest in installed renewable energy capacity, trailing only wind behemoth Iowa.2
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, December 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1MmcVlh
It is a top 5 state for installed wind energy and a top 3 state for both ethanol and biodiesel production. Illinois also has several programs designed to promote electricity efficiency within the state.3
Source:
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Council, October 2014
http://bit.ly/1FBRvBN
These programs routinely reduce retail sales of electricity by 1%.4
Source:
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
http://bit.ly/1xmBrkX


A big reason for the success of renewables in Illinois is the state’s renewable portfolio standard, one of the most advanced in the U.S. It mandates that Illinois gets 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and includes a 6% carve-out for solar energy from 2015 on.5 The state’s policy support for renewables has clearly paid off: clean energy supports nearly 100,000 jobs in Illinois.6
Source:
Clean Energy Trust
http://bit.ly/1xvTWDv
Learn more about energy in Illinois with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

  Mar 20, 2014  |    Crain's Chicago Business

  Apr 09, 2013  |    American Wind Energy Association


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