Illinois Clean Jobs Bill And Obama’s Clean Power Plan

In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, the Ameren Corp. coal-fired power plant is seen outside the southern Illinois town of Newton. Illinois officials say the state will need a mix of power sources and energy efficiency initiatives to meet proposed federal limits for carbon pollution. On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. About 40 percent of Illinois’ energy comes from coal.
In this file photo, the Ameren Corp. coal-fired power plant is seen outside the southern Illinois town of Newton. Jim Suhr / AP Photo
In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, the Ameren Corp. coal-fired power plant is seen outside the southern Illinois town of Newton. Illinois officials say the state will need a mix of power sources and energy efficiency initiatives to meet proposed federal limits for carbon pollution. On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. About 40 percent of Illinois’ energy comes from coal.
In this file photo, the Ameren Corp. coal-fired power plant is seen outside the southern Illinois town of Newton. Jim Suhr / AP Photo

Illinois Clean Jobs Bill And Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court put regulations that were part of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold.

These regulations would require power plants to limit greenhouse emissions. The court’s decision has not stopped many states from taking steps to comply with the new EPA rules.

A ‘Clean Jobs Bill’ is moving its way through the Illinois General Assembly.

We talk with two advocates in favor of the bill: Steve Clemmer, director of energy research and analysis and Jessica Collingsworth, Midwest energy policy analyst, both with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Clemmer has authored a new report on the benefits of strengthening Illinois’ clean energy policies.