New Illinois Bill Targets 100% Renewable—Not Just Clean—Electricity by 2050

The concept of creating a 100 percent clean electricity system only recently went from being fringe to mainstream. Now, the State of Illinois wants to up the ante. California passed legislation to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2045, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order calling for 100 percent clean energy by 2050. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo followed suit in January with an executive order for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. Hawaii was the first U.S. state to pursue a 100 percent agenda. Only lawmakers there didn’t stop at “clean,” they went all the way to 100 percent renewable energy, which cuts out other low carbon technologies – most notably nuclear. Hawaii doesn’t generate any of its electricity from nuclear power, so the focus on renewables isn’t as controversial as in other states. Illinois is a different story.

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