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|Legislature Attempt to Craft Comprehensive Energy Plan
|(IRN)-Here's another attempt to solve the energy puzzle in Illinois to: use the state's resources; be clean; and not cost a lot of money.
The center of what supporters are calling a comprehensive energy policy is the revival of the Taylorville Energy Center, which failed to pass the legislature in the last session. The energy company Tenaska wanted to build the clean-coal facility in Christian County.
"Illinois and Southern Illinois in particular sits on one of the largest coal reserves not only in the country but in the world," said State Reprsentative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville), whose district includes the site. "This gives us an opportunity to use our coal in Illinois and get the resources and the revenue from that. I've always said, we've got the resources, we just need to learn to burn the coal cleanly and efficiently. I think with the Tenaska project we have that."
"Right now we believe the Illinois Power Agency can buy enough energy efficiency to offset the cost of the variety of other things in this bill," said Barry Matchett of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
Matchett says distributive generation is part of the bill, a process that involves solar, wind and other green energy initiatives, as well as net metering which allows people to put power they don't use from solar or wind back into the grid for credits.
Additionally, it would allow the Illinois Power Agency to secure renewable energy sources for both residential and commercial and industrial customers, something that's currently limited.
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
|06 03 11 by Newsroom
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