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Wide majorities of likely Illinois voters believe it is important that the state maintain its commitment to increase its use of renewable power and support legislation that would achieve this goal by adjusting the state's renewable portfolio standard law, according to a new Zogby survey.

The survey, conducted for Clean Energy Trust (CET) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), found 86.5% of likely Illinois voters believe it is very important or somewhat important that Illinois ''continue to get an increasing amount of its energy from secure and clean power sources.''

Other findings include the following:

  • 76.7% of respondents said they are either strongly or somewhat in favor of legislation to ensure Illinois ''continues to increase its use of renewable power.'' Meanwhile, 8.2% opposed. According to CET and AEE, proposed legislation named S.B.103 would consolidate all renewable energy purchases under the Illinois Power Agency, which would administer a competitive procurement process to minimize consumer costs while maximizing renewable energy.

    • 66.4% said they would either be much more or somewhat more likely to vote for their state representative or senator in the next election if he or she supported S.B.103, while 9% reported they were less likely to vote for that person.

    • 79.6% prefer that at least one quarter of the state’s electricity ''come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar,'' with more than 61% wanting the state’s renewable energy requirement doubled to at least half of the state’s electricity.

      “The people of Illinois almost unanimously consider renewable energy critical to the future of our state,” said Amy Francetic, Clean Energy Trust CEO. “We hope this overwhelming voter support will help to inform policymakers’ discussions around S.B.103.”

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