At 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
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
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
These programs routinely reduce retail sales of electricity by 1%.4
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
Learn more about energy in Illinois with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States