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Illinois To See Significant Public Health Benefits in a 100% Carbon-Free Future

, Energy policy analyst

We need to quickly transition to a clean energy future in Illinois to prevent additional negative public health impacts from fossil fuel plants. The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) HB 0804/ SB1718 is the only bill that puts Illinois on a path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The public health benefits of transitioning to a clean energy future in Illinois are abundant and underscore the need for expedient action. Read more >

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How FERC Transmission Reform Can End the Delay of a Cleaner Future

, Senior energy analyst

The way we plan and pay for our electric transmission imposes crushing cost burdens on new renewable energy development. The transmission assumptions used for new supplies need to be re-examined so we have a realistic basis for the requirements placed on new supplies that will be competing with existing energy supplies. Read more >

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Now is the Time for a Public Participation Office at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

, Senior Energy Analyst

On April 23, UCS provided a full set of written comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of that agency’s request to solicit feedback on the formation of an Office of Public Participation. Earlier in the week, I had the chance to speak at one of FERC’s listening sessions. This blog post is a transcript of what I said. Read more >

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Massachusetts’s New Climate Law: 5 Reasons to Celebrate!

, Senior Bilingual Energy Analyst

En español

March marked a major milestone for equitable climate policy in Massachusetts: After years of efforts and following two vetoes by Gov. Charlie Baker, the legislature passed a long-awaited bill addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice and boosting clean energy and clean transportation. The difference this time is that the bill was successfully signed into law by Governor Baker on March 26. Read more >

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President Biden's American Jobs Plan takes a big step forward on the path to a clean energy future. But we'll need more to complete the journey.

The American Jobs Plan Takes Next, but not Last, Step on Clean Energy

, senior energy analyst

President Biden’s new American Jobs Plan includes spending proposal on a wide range of infrastructure needs across the nation, many of them critically overdue. Eliminating the dangers of lead water pipes, repairing crumbling roads and bridges, and building the resilience of our communities to the myriad threats they face. It also includes a long overdue and critical down payment on our clean energy future. Combined with President Biden’s new push to develop the nation’s offshore wind resources this is a big step forward on the path to a clean energy future. But it is not as big and comprehensive as we need to swiftly decarbonize and address the urgency of climate change.   Read more >

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