September 14, 2021
Media Statements on Passage of the Illinois Omnibus Energy Bill
Statement from Invenergy, an Illinois Developer of Utility-Scale Wind, Solar & Transmission Projects
Invenergy applauds Governor JB Pritzker, Senate President Don Harmon, House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch and the General Assembly for passage of energy legislation that delivers for Illinois workers, Illinois communities, and all Illinoisans who want more clean energy to power their lives.
The renewable energy standard of 40% by 2030 and even bolder long-term goals set Illinois on a course for continued growth of renewable energy and the further electrification of our economy, including bringing electric vehicle infrastructure and community solar to places working to overcome decades of disinvestment and environmental injustice.”
Meeting America’s changing demand for energy and enhancing grid stability will require additional ways of delivering energy, including through new electric transmission. This forward-thinking legislation rightly includes support for proactive planning to meet those needs, creating a path for multiple transmission projects, including Invenergy Transmission’s Grain Belt Express project. Approval of Grain Belt Express by state regulators will bring this $1 billion infrastructure investment to Illinois at no expense to taxpayers, while directly employing skilled workers and creating 1,200 jobs across Illinois’ economy annually for three years during construction.
Invenergy employs over 600 Illinois workers across some of the 17 Illinois energy facilities we have developed and at our Chicago headquarters. Twenty percent of the operating wind and solar capacity in the Land of Lincoln are Invenergy-built projects, and we look forward to continuing to invest in our home state to create a better future for all Illinoisans.
Statement from John F. Penn, Laborers International Union Vice President & Midwest Regional Manager on Grain Belt Express Transmission Project’s Inclusion in the Illinois Energy Bill
Among the many important components of the Illinois energy bill are provisions that will allow the construction of urgently needed electricity transmission infrastructure, like the Grain Belt Express project in Central Illinois. Grain Belt is the definition of a win-win-win. First, because it will mean good-paying union jobs, including for hundreds of LiUNA! members, across the line’s three-year construction. Next, because it requires no subsidies from state taxpayers or ratepayers to build. And, finally, because in addition to providing Illinois with low-cost, renewable energy that improves grid stability, it will also offer millions of dollars in ongoing annual benefits to local governments and landowners.