Illinois' Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) has been a huge success, and will result in 25% of our power coming from renewable sources by 2025. Implemented in 2007, the RPS has generated more than 20,000 jobs, saved $177 million in wholesale electricity costs and reduced carbon emissions by 5,481,327 tons.To keep Illinois' momentum toward clean energy going strong, we need to update the RPS to reflect changing market conditions. We can fix the RPS with a very simple change that makes clean energy targets apply equally to all power suppliers - ComEd, Ameren, and the many competitive suppliers now serving most of our homes and businesses.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to take action this fall to update Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, to keep Illinois on track to a clean energy future.
In 2007, Illinois established a goal to procure 25% of our power from renewable sources by 2025. Since the RPS was implemented, we have generated more than 20,000 jobs, saved $177 million in wholesale electricity costs and made the air we breathe cleaner.Two important changes are needed to keep moving forward with clean energy in Illinois. Please support legislation that would:- Update the RPS to reflect today's competitive power market, to incentivize all power suppliers to invest in Illinois.- Allow the Illinois Power Agency to finally invest Renewable Energy Resource Fund dollars in Illinois projects. Suppliers have been paying into the fund for years, and it's time to spend those dollars on projects that will benefit our communities.
I urge you to support any proposal that would make these important updates. Let's continue to create jobs, save consumers money and make the air we breathe cleaner.
Sincerely[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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