“On August 11th we are hosting an Energy Town Hall. My colleagues and other experts will be in Effingham, Illinois at the Holiday Inn Ballroom, 1301 Avenue of Mid-America from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. . We encourage all residents to join us for this important discussion about the current and future state of our energy systems in Illinois.
Last Fall Illinois legislators passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which Governor Pritzker subsequently signed into law. The legislation calls for the closure of Illinois coal and natural gas plants over the next two decades. It offers numerous incentives to wind and solar farms and subsidizes nuclear power. The ramifications of the 800-page bill, in addition to the current laws that favor renewable energy, are changing Illinois’ energy mix and threatening our once reliable grid.
Midcontinental Independent System Operator (MISO), the organization responsible for procuring energy for our region, has warned of possible energy shortages in the future that may lead to rolling outages and consumer price hikes. Ameren, the company responsible for distributing our energy, also registered concerns to lawmakers about the aggressive adoption of renewable energy which is inherently less reliable and costlier,” said Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).
State Representatives Dan Caulkins, Chris Miller, Brad Halbrook, Adam Niemerg, and Blaine Wilhour will be joined by Claudia Morrow with Vistra Corporation, Mark Denzler with the Illinois Manufacturers Association, a representative from AMEREN, and a representative from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to present information to residents and take questions. Learn more about why gas and electric rates have increased in Illinois. Residential ratepayers in Central and Southern Illinois are paying as much as $52 a month more for their electricity and paying the highest gas prices on record.
It is very important that everyone understands energy policy and its impacts on our future.
Please use this link to register for this free event.