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Illinois lawmakers push renewable energy proposal

Lawmakers want to increase the share of clean energy consumed in Illinois with a bill they say will bring jobs to the state. A bill, announced on Thursday, creates new standards for Illinois utilities to use efficiency measures to reduce electricity demand 20 percent by 2025. It also sets a higher figure for renewable energy purchased by updating the state's regulation for the production of energy from renewable, such as wind, solar and biodiesel. Proponents said the measure will add 32,000 jobs every year to the state due to the higher demand for renewable sources like wind and solar. The impact the bill could have on the coal industry in Illinois remains to be seen, but at least one...

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