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Town Hall set on clean energy legislation

Clean Energy Jobs Act discussion on tap

ST. CHARLES – State Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, is co-hosting a Clean Energy Town Hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Carnegie Room at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles, according to a news release.

This event is open and free to the public.

Villa is co-hosting the town hall with the Illinois Environmental Council, Sierra Club Valley of the Fox and the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County.

The town hall is about the Clean Energy Jobs Act, Senate Bill 2132 sponsored by State Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin and House Bill 3624 sponsored by State Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago.

The legislation is intended to address climate change with clean energy options.

Some of the goals of the act will be to:

• Achieve a carbon-free power-sector by 2030

• Put Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050

• Promote jobs and economic opportunity

• Incentives to speed up the transition to electric vehicles

• Support communities and workers are impacted by the decline in fossil fuel production.

Following passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016, the clean energy industry in Illinois is booming, the release stated.

The Clean Jobs Act would ramp up renewable energy development. This would create more than $30 billion in new private investment in the state, including a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution, expansion of clean energy careers and provide consumers with lower energy bills, the release stated.

Participating speakers will be from the Citizens Utility Board, National Resources Defense Council, the Illinois Environmental Council and the Sierra Club of the Fox Valley.

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