March 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Energy with Illinois Municipal Electric Agency and Illinois Municipal Utilities Association


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with several Illinois mayors, local officials and members of the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) and the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) to discuss her legislative priorities. Duckworth spoke about the importance of renewable energy, energy security, addressing climate change and her support for strengthening Illinois’s supply chains. She also highlighted federal infrastructure investments through the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS Act that she championed.

“Renewable energy has the potential to encourage job growth, protect our environments and secure Illinois’ leadership in the energy sector for years to come, and I’m proud that it was prioritized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” Duckworth said. “I enjoyed meeting with local officials, the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency and the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association today to hear their concerns and discuss how together we can strengthen the public-power industry while prioritizing environmental protections and the public health of communities across the state.”

Duckworth supported the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which includes major investments for production of a more climate-friendly and resilient future. The Law includes support for the construction of transmission lines to expand renewable energy to more communities across the nation,  support for research and development of new renewable energy technologies and domestic production, as well as support to protect our nation’s energy infrastructure from cyber-attacks. She also supported the CHIPS and Science Act, which helps make sure our nation can remain a competitive leader in research and development, science and manufacturing for generations to come.

IMEA, a not-for-profit unit of local government, is comprised of 32 municipal-owned utility systems that distribute electricity to communities throughout the state. IMUA is a not-for-profit corporation and trade association for 42 Illinois municipalities that own and operate their own utilities and telecommunications systems.