It is time for America to move beyond fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for a rapidly warming planet, for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year from air pollution, and for untold environmental damage. A shift to emission-free energy from the wind, sun and other renewable sources can solve many of America’s most pressing environmental and public health challenges.
Both Illinois and the nation have the capacity to build an energy system around clean, renewable resources, according to a new report released on Thursday by Environment Illinois Research & Education Center. The study, We Have the Power: Reaching America's potential for clean, renewable energy, comes as an energy bill to continue funding Illinois’ renewable energy programs is expected to pass the Illinois legislature in the coming weeks.
Illinois ranks 2nd in the nation for growth in battery storage since 2010, according to a new report released today by Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center. The project, Renewables on the Rise 2020, documents and compares the growth of five key clean energy technologies in each state over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Illinois now has 132.7 MW of utility-scale battery storage capacity, second only to California. Illinois also ranked in the top 10 in regards to wind energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles.
Since 2007, Illinois has seen a 2407% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 1599% increase in wind power production according to a new report released today by Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center. Illinois ranked fourth in the nation for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs and second in increases to energy storage capacity, critical elements to catalyze the clean energy revolution in Illinois.
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