HARRISBURG, IL (WSIL) — The Illinois Senate is expected to reconvene next week to vote on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which could make the state carbon-free by 2050.
The Senate failed to pass the bill by the end of the May session, lawmakers says they have not yet seen a copy of the final language for that vote expected for Tuesday. Holding its passage is a debate over the forced closure of several coal-fired power plants. If passed as it is currently written, those plants would shutter by 2035.
State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), who serves on the Energy Committee, says the legislature sees that renewables are the future as coal declines, but until the state is ready, he will continue to advocate on