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Illinois governor pitches coal phaseout by 2030, natural gas by 2045

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Illinois’ Democratic governor is out with a sprawling set of proposals to move the state to 100% clean energy by midcentury while ushering in labor and ethics reforms aimed at ensuring that the benefits of the transition from fossil fuels are shared equitably.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “Consumers and Climate First Act,” introduced yesterday, joins a crowded field of energy proposals in the Illinois General Assembly, which will have a month to achieve compromise before legislative session ends on Memorial Day weekend.

Pritzker’s proposal would phase out coal in Illinois — one of the largest U.S. coal-producing states — by 2030 and phase out natural gas-fired power by 2045 by adding a price on carbon emissions from power plants. The plan also aspires to help put 1 million electric vehicles on Illinois roadways by the end of the decade.

The bill from the first-term governor builds on a set of energy principles he laid out last year amid an ongoing public corruption scandal involving the state’s largest utility, Commonwealth Edison Co. (Energywire, July 20, 2020). It includes reforms aimed at curbing utility influence in state politics while protecting consumers in the wake of ComEd’s admission of wrongdoing. The utility serving 4 million Illinois customers was charged with bribery last summer and agreed to a $200 million fine to settle a federal investigation of its lobbying practices.

[Jeffrey Tomich]

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