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Illinois energy law helps environment, strengthens diversity, says advocate

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(WSIL) -- An advocate of lllinois' landmark clean energy law says it will bring a boost to the environment while strengthening diversity.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Clean Energy Jobs Act into law last week. It includes provisions that puts the state on a path to 40% renewable energy by 2030 and 50% by 2040.

It also creates the Clean Jobs Workforce Network Hubs Program It's a series of 13 programs that will help develop and diversify Illinois' clean energy workforces.

The group Illinois People's Action helped craft the bill. Board member Rev. Tony Pierce, of Peoria, says one of the bill's goals is to increase and diversify the state's general contractors.

"BIPOC people are about 40% of the population in Illinois and we need at least 50 probably more than that to kind of have that kind of demographic in terms of the solar work place," Pierce said.

Republicans argue that the law would lead to higher energy bills for residents.