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Illinois’s sweeping climate bill includes statewide stretch code, building electrification measures

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Illinois’s sweeping climate bill includes statewide stretch code, building electrification measures

Aims for zero-emissions power sector by 2045.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | September 22, 2021
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Illinois’s Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, recently signed into law by the governor, includes provisions for a statewide efficiency stretch code and measures to accelerate building electrification.

The law also aims for a 100% zero-emissions power sector in the state by 2045 and extends energy efficiency programs including additional investments to help low-income households make their homes more efficient. In the transportation sector, the law provides rebates for electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In order to reset incentives for utilities, the law replaces formula rates that allow utilities to spend money and profits with little oversight with a system that prompts them to achieve equity and clean energy goals. The law establishes Illinois as a national leader on climate, equity, and support for communities and workers as they transition away from fossil fuels, according to an article posted by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The law also seeks to expand economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities and people of color in the clean energy sector. It includes a provision to incubate and grow small clean energy businesses in disadvantaged communities.

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