Support the Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act

Downstate deserves a clean energy future we can afford.  

Downstate families, businesses, and industries must not end up paying even more than they already have for renewable energy policies that mostly benefit the Chicago area. 

Special interests in Springfield are rushing through a Chicago-focused energy plan. That plan—the so-called Clean Energy Jobs Act—benefits out-of-state energy developers at the expense of Downstate families and businesses, and costs Downstate consumers nearly $20 BILLION over the next 30 years.  

“The Illinois AFL-CIO supports Senate Bill 311 [HB 1734] due to its focus on expanding clean energy generation and the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Ameren distribution zone while ensuring the jobs created by these new investments are being conducted by our highly-skilled Illinois union workforce, earning a prevailing wage. The bill reinforces and enhances the regulatory framework that has allowed Ameren to make significant investments and modernizing its electric and natural gas distribution systems.” – Pat Devaney, Secretary Treasurer Illinois AFL-CIO

IBEW Locals 51, 309, 649, and 702; Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 101, Plumbers & Gasfitters 360; and 12 Counties LIUNA, LIUNA Local 100 and 459 are partnering with Downstate Energy to support SB 311/HB 1734 because the Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB 1718/HB 804) could put local Union jobs at risk. The Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act will help ensure Illinois energy projects are built by Illinois’ Union workers.

The people of central and southern Illinois deserve better. The Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act will protect Downstate families, communities, and workers. And it will bring the benefits of clean energy to Downstate Illinois without putting affordability or reliability at risk. 

Tell Springfield to support SB 311/HB 1734 today!