Five other states — California, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island — also allow communities to buy electricity, but none come close to matching the renewable energy Illinois is purchasing, according to Keya Chatterjee, senior director for renewable energy and footprint outreach at the World Wildlife Fund.
“It is huge what is already being done” in Illinois, Chatterjee told the Associated Press recently. “This is a story about local choice, and (Illinois) is choosing renewables in town after town after town.”
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said the report’s findings could be a model for other states that are considering allowing community aggregation.
“Illinois is showing what can happen when change at the local level is harnessed to create a collective movement, and I hope other states take notice,” Durbin said.
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