The state legislature will consider bills that would require electric companies to obtain 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2023. Currently, the standard requires just 8 percent by 2020.
The Prairie State coal-fired plant in Southern Illinois is increasing consumer electricity bills throughout the Midwest while annually emitting 13 million tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere.
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Despite millions in corporate donations and 2,000 members in state legislators across the country, ALEC and its partners met their match when trying to repeal or weaken clean energy standards. Their record this year is 0-for-13.