Jessica Collingsworth

Energy policy analyst

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Jessica Collingsworth is an energy policy analyst with expertise in state-level policies that curb global warming emissions through greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. See Jessica's full bio.

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CEJA can deliver on Governor Pritzker’s Eight Principles for a Clean and Renewable Illinois Economy

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker

I was excited to hear that Governor Pritzker has restarted discussions on equitable clean energy legislation in Illinois which will focus on the Governor’s recently announced Eight Principles for a Clean and Renewable Illinois Economy. Discussions had previously paused due to revelations of ComEd’s corporate corruption scandal and their undue political influence on energy legislation over the past decade.

By restarting this process and calling for strong utility reforms, Governor Pritzker has reaffirmed his commitment to an open and democratic process for taking urgent action to combat climate change and put consumers and climate first. Read more >

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UCS Supports CEJA

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) is a comprehensive climate bill that puts Illinois on a path to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2030 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.  The bill was developed by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition with input from residents from across the state through over 100 community-based conversations known as “Listen.Lead.Share” events. The Union of Concerned Scientists is proud to support CEJA because it centers equity and communities while addressing climate change. Read more >

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Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in the Midwest

I spoke with UCS Science Network Member, Dr. Ursula Melissa Ruiz Vera, to hear more about her research regarding the impacts of elevated CO2 combined with increases in temperature on the photosynthesis, development, and productivity of today’s most important Midwest crops, soybeans and maize. Read more >

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Recent FERC Decision Will Raise Electricity Bills in Illinois

The decision is expected to cost consumers within the 13 state PJM territory upwards of $2.5 billion per year. Read more >

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Illinois Youth Lead Strike for Climate Justice

A recent UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that the world will miss the opportunity to stay on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement unless global emissions drop by 7.6 percent each year over the next decade. The report notes that solutions to reduce carbon emissions are available, and meeting our goals is possible, but we are not acting fast enough or at a large enough scale.

Instead of action, the Trump Administration is formally taking steps to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. For this reason, it’s more important than ever for states and cities to address the climate crisis–and many of them are doing their part. Youth around the country are doing much of the work and filling the void left by the executive branch.  Read more >

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