May 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss Renewable Energy and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law with Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with more than two dozen members of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, including the presidents and CEOs of several regional electric cooperatives. During the meeting, the Senators and the group discussed electric and electric vehicle infrastructure investments made possible through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, as well as the importance of transitioning our energy dependence to renewable sources while bringing affordable options—and good-paying energy jobs—to Americans.

“Renewable energy has the potential to encourage job growth, protect our environment and secure Illinois’s leadership in the energy sector for years to come,” said Duckworth. “I was glad to meet with Illinois Electric Cooperatives today and share how the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other policies I’ve worked on are helpful to the public-power industry and prioritize environmental protections, working families and the public health of communities across the state.”

“It’s no secret that renewable energy is the future of this sector. Illinois is certainly poised to become a leader in this shift toward renewable energy,” said Durbin. “During my meeting with the Illinois Electric Cooperatives today, I reiterated my commitment to supporting energy sources – like electric co-ops – that are transitioning to carbon-free energy and working to leave a healthy planet for our kids and grandkids. I will continue to be a federal partner to Illinois and seek out sustainable, affordable energy sources.”  

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) is a service organization for electric and telephone cooperatives in Illinois and their associate organizations.