Fixing the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard
The Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) - a policy that ensures 25% of Illinois energy will be from clean sources by 2025 - is broken. Due to an unanticipated glitch caused by mass community aggregation (towns opting to leave ComEd/Ameren for alternate suppliers), and the program is no longer achieving the desired goals.
Language regarding how the RPS is executed needs to be fixed so the distributed generation and the solar carve outs can be implemented to grow solar development in Illinois. This directly affects the Illinois Solar Renewable Energy Certificate market.
Take the below action steps to ensure that the Illinois RPS functions as originally intended. Let your representatives know that you support SB103. These steps are listed in order of impact on your legislator.
Schedule an in-person meeting with your legislators either in district or Springfield.
Let us know if you would like ISEA to assist you with scheduling a meeting or attend with you.
There are two great opportunities to go to Springfield to lobby for the RPS fix.
On April 3rd we are partnering with the Illinois Environmental Council, Sierra Club, NRDC, Faith in Place and a number of other environmental groups to push for environmental legislation. Please register directly with the Illinois Environmental Council and email Lesley McCain to let her know you plan to attend.
April 30th will be our 2nd Annual Solar Lobby Day. Register here and we will send you details via email including all logistics.
- Start Time: 9am
- End Time: Approximately 3:30pm
- Meeting Location: Illinois Environmental Council office - 230 Broadway, Springfield
- Agenda: We will meet for a quick briefing before dividing into groups and heading over to the Capitol to meet with legislators
We are also hosting drinks on April 29th with legislators at 5:30.
Contact your legislators and let them know that you support the RPS fix.
We have drafted letters you can send to your legislator as a template.
The future of Illinois renewable energy and the benefits it brings to the state depends on your participation in the process. ISEA works to make it easy for you to raise your voice to ensure our clean energy future!
For information surrounding who is currently serving you in the U.S. Congress and Illinois State Legislature, please click the link above or call the State Board of Elections Springfield office at (217) 782-4141.