Green Power Partnership
|State of Illinois|
|Organization Type||Govt. (State)|
|Percentage Green Power||31.2%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||100%|
|Awards/Recognition||Green Power Leadership Award 2010|
|Environmental Web Page|
The government of the State of Illinois provides essential public services to the over 12 million residents of the State as well as to the commercial community of Illinois. As such, the State perceives itself as being obligated to integrate fiscal prudence, technological advancement and environmental stewardship into its standard business practices. Over the last year, among the ways the State of Illinois has acheived this is through the procurement of green power supplies. Illinois increased its green power use from roughly 21 million kilowatt-hours in the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2008 to approximately 88 million kilowatt-hours in the year ending in June 2009. By the year ending December 31, 2012, Illinois green power purchases totaled approximately 191 million kilowatt-hours. Within the context of its overall power procurement activity, the State found that it could increase its green purchases from less than 5 percent of overall supplies to nearly 31 percent and still enjoy steep savings over our previous prices. In addition to our direct green power purchases, the State of Illinois also advocates for and funds the development of projects to improve the availability of green energy supplies within its borders. Over the past two fiscal years, the State has provided a total of nearly $6.5 million in grant and rebate support to residential, commercial, government, and non-profit entities to install on-site renewable energy systems. Additionally, the state granted more than $19 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to community-scale and large-scale green power projects, and awards tax credits and other financing assistance to large-scale green power generators, including wind farms and biomass plants. Spurred by this support, today Illinois is home to over 3,600 megawatts of wind generation capacity, enough to power over 1,000,000 homes with clean, emissions-free electricity. The State has committed to extend its current purchasing levels throughout Calendar Years 2013 and 2014 and will explore cost-effective opportunities to increase our support of green power in the years beyond.