Tracking Environmental bill in 2013 for the Illinois General Assembly
Last Update 5/17/13
SIERRA CLUB PRIORITY BILLS
Safeguarding Against Fracking
HB 3086 (Mell) / SB 1418 (Hunter): SupportHalts hydraulic fracturing operation in Illinois for two years until a task force thorughly reviews existing regulations and evaluates new safeguards.
SB 1715, HA-1 (Bradley): Support High volume horizontal fracking is legal and able to begin operations in our state. Our existing laws, rules and regualtions are inadequate to protect our environment. While a moratorium is preferred, SB 1715 will extend some important protecttions to our communities from this polluting industry.
HB 2864 (Mautino) / SB 103 (Frerichs): Support Creates a no-cost fix to ratepayers for the Renewable Energy Standard (RPS), which will help ensure that renewable energy development, responsible for more than 20,000 jobs since 2007, continues. Fact sheet
Jobs, Savings and Cleaner Air
HB 3623 (Arroyo) / SB 2413 (Cullerton, J): Support The Renewable Energy Resources Fund was created with a purpose to create jobs, diversify our power supply, and deliver the environmental benefits of clean energy. By fully appropriating the Renewable Energy Resources Fund for FY 2014, Illinois can create new opportunities in the growing clean energy economy. Fact sheet
Green Power Labeling
HB 2623 (Fortner / Cullerton, T): Support Illinois municipalities are bundling and purchasing the electricity needs of residents. Residents and cities want to know what makes up the power mix offered by energy suppliers, and when informed are choosing green energy options. HB 2623 will ensure that cities have the information they need to make the best decision for residents. Fact sheet
Safeguarding Lake Michigan
HB 2753 (Gabel / Biss): Support Requires the Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan for siting off-shore wind projects on Lake Michigan. The plan must consider impacts to wildlife, transportation and environmental factors. Fact sheet
No Sweetheart Deals for Coal
SB 2392 (Manar): Oppose Illinois legislators are going to be asked yet again to
approve a coal plant that will require power companies to enter into 30-year power purchase
contracts. Please say NO to expensive, risky, sweetheart deals
for new coal plants.