The Clean Jobs Act

Prairie State Project

Paraphrase of the Illinois Clean jobs bill

The purpose of the Clean Jobs is to create a new system of electrical energy that's green and will generate thousands of new jobs.


By amending several acts such as; the Illinois Power Agency Act, Public Utilities Act, and the Environmental Protection Act.


By changing the Planning and Procurement Bureau's long-term renewable resources procurement plan with a new one with set guidelines and making changes to the powers of; the Agency, the Illinois Power Agency Renewable Energy Resources Fund, and the responsibilities of the Planning and Procurement Bureau. Changes will also be made

concerning nondiscrimination, energy efficiency and demand-response measures, natural gas efficiency programs, real-time pricing, infrastructure investment and modernization, the Illinois Smart Grid test bed, and on-bill financing programs for electric and gas utilities. Adds provisions related to renewable energy credit procurement. Also, upon a declaration by the EPA on CO2 emissions from electricity generation the Illinois EPA shall implement a cap and invest program or similar market mechanism to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

History of the Clean Jobs Bill

The Illinois Clean Jobs Bill was introduced in February of this year. By state senator Don Harmon (D) and state representative Elaine Nekritz (D). Supporters claim it will create 32,000 new jobs, decrease energy demand 20% by 2025, and allow solar and wind projects to thrive.


The goal is to have 35% of Illinois energy come from renewable resources by the year 2030. However, if this is done and the bill is passed energy companies will have to increase costs to cover the solar and wind projects they will have to establish.


A coalition has been formed by several companies that are involved in the green energy field. Even some national and global ones. Companies such as Schneider Electric, Mainstream Renewable Power, SoCore Energy, KenJiva Energy Systems LLC, and Microgrid Solar.



Introduced in February, a Senate committee voted on the bill with only one nay. However, as of June it's stalled in the Legislature.

What do the statistics mean

  1. The first graph of the info graphic shows that there are currently 100,000 clean energy jobs. If the clean jobs bill were passed there would be approximately 132,000 clean jobs. This would be a major benefit to the economy of Illinois by adding thirty two thousand jobs.
  2. The third graph of the info graphic shows both current and projected goal of reduction of electricity consumption. The current goal of Electricity consumption reduction is thirteen percent. The projected goal of electricity consumption reduction is twenty five percent. If the clean jobs bill were accepted there would be an increase of twelve percent of reduced Illinois consumption.

Works Cited

  1. Nekritz, Elaine. "99th General Assembly State of Illinois 2015 and 2016." Legislation. Ilga.gov. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.

    1. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/99/HB/PDF/09900HB2607lv.pdf

  2. "Illinois Clean Jobs Bill." Illinois Clean Jobs Bill. Sierraclub.org. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.

    1. https://illinois2.sierraclub.org/sites/illinois.sierraclub.org.chicago/files/documents/2015/02/ICEJO-22-2%20(1).pdf

  3. "Illinois." U.S Energy Information Administration. Eia.gov, 19 Mar. 2015. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.

    1. http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=IL

  4. Magrisso, Nick. "Illinois Clean Jobs Legislation Changes the Springfield Power Paradigm." Illinois Clean Jobs Legislation Changes the Springfield Power Paradigm. Nrdc.org, 31 May 2015. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.

    1. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/nmagrisso/illinois_clean_jobs_legislatio.html

  5. Loomis, David, and Antonio Pagan. "The Illinois RPS: Context, Structure and History of the Policy." Renewableenergy. Illinoisstate.edu. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.

    1. http://renewableenergy.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/publications/2011%20TheIllinoisRPS%200411.pdf

  6. Fortino, Ellyn. "Progress Illinois." New 'Clean Jobs' Coalition To Push For Stronger Illinois Energy Targets. ProgressIllinois.com, 9 Feb. 2015. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.