Push for bold action to prepare clean energy grid

With a record heatwave and more to come, downstate Illinois residents are bracing for higher electric bills this summer after a tough winter of high natural gas bills. And that’s being made even more painful with inflation and gasoline prices rising.

The immediate needs are clear: helping lower-income households access bill assistance and other resources to provide relief starting this month. But long term, with Illinois officials holding meetings on the issue in the coming weeks, we need clarity on what this is really all about.

Some are misleadingly portraying electricity capacity increases price as a consequence of transitioning “too fast” from fossil fuels to clean energy. In fact, we haven’t moved fast enough.

Solar and wind are hands-down the lowest-cost power sources. The more power they provide, the cheaper our energy costs. A massive reservoir of these projects is waiting right now for authorization to connect to the regional power grid run by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, so they can proceed with construction.

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