Environmental Law & Policy Center Commends Governor Quinn’s Announced Plans to Expand Clean Water Initiative
STATEMENT BY HOWARD A. LEARNER
Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center
The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends Governor Pat Quinn’s plans for a $1 billion extended investment in the Clean Water Initiative to advance water quality improvements in Illinois.
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ELPC released a new study of the clean energy supply chain in Illinois. The study finds that over 300 Illinois companies are working in the wind, solar or geothermal energy industries and employing over 18,000 people in the state. From old-line steel fabricators to high-tech start-ups, renewable energy is powering job growth and launching Illinois to the forefront of the green economy. Download the Report.
Read an article in the Chicago Sun-Times: Alternative energy companies grow jobs, presence in Chicago area
Read an article in the Chicago Tribune: New study defines, identifies green jobs in U.S.
Growing the Wind Power Industry with Jobs and Financing
Wind Power is the fastest growing energy resource in the world. During 2009, the United States added 9,900 megawatts of wind power capacity. This 39% increase accelerates that trend of rapid growth in recent years. A significant portion of the new wind power came online in the Great Plains states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas.
Wind power also brought 38 new manufacturing facilities online in the U.S. in 2009. Wind power presents an important opportunity for the manufacturing industry in the Midwest. ELPC has created documents outlining specific opportunities the wind industry supply chain presents to the Midwest and more specifically, to the Dakotas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio.
ELPC’s Community Wind Financing Handbook is an important resource for communities and individuals interested in creating profit from clean, renewable wind energy. This up-to-date guide reflects new financing opportunities available from federal energy and economic stimulus legislation, the new Farm Bill, and state incentives.
Promoting Policies to Encourage Wind Power Development
As many states are already learning, wind energy development presents a tremendous opportunity for economic growth. That’s especially true for the Midwest. Several government policies have helped spur the development of wind power in rural America.