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Green-energy backers hope new social justice, ethics reforms coax lawmakers to ignore Exelon perks

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Jochen Lang and Ken Wieringa, left, wire high voltage terminals at a ComEd substation in Chicago in 2001. (The Center Square) – Environmental advocates are hoping new social justice and ethics enhancements to their signature green energy overhaul of Illinois’ power portfolio are enough to get it to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk this fall, but a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the bill that is seen as another handout for a power provider mired in a patronage scandal.

Groups behind the Clean Energy Jobs Act, or CEJA, announced changes to the proposed Illinois bill that they say better reflect the need for ethics reforms for power providers and social justice.

“These extraordinary crises call for bold action this fall that puts the people of Illinois first, not utilities and polluters,” said Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club’s Illinois chapter.

Darrin said they’ll also advocate repealing rate hikes given to Exelon subsidiary ComEd by lawmakers in 2011.

CEJA, likened to the “Green New Deal” at the federal level, calls for disinvestment from non-renewable energy while retraining the displaced fossil fuel industry workforce to take green jobs. The goal is for the state to be entirely run on renewable energy by 2050.

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