FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2020
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Responds to Governor’s Energy Plan
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association today released the following statement regarding Gov. JB Pritzker’s outline for energy legislation:
“Illinois needs to protect and preserve its competitive energy market, which has saved Illinois businesses and residents billions of dollars over the past two decades. We need to continue with an all-of-the-above approach for energy that includes nuclear, coal, gas, and renewable sources of energy so that we have a safe, reliable, affordable and efficient supply of electricity to power our businesses and homes. Manufacturers are the largest consumers of energy, running sometimes two and three shifts a day, and this plan does not contain any safeguards to protect businesses and residents from increased energy costs,” said Mark Denzler, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Manufacturers are committed to sustainability and over the past decade we have used innovative technology to reduce our carbon footprint by 21 percent while increasing economic output by 18 percent. The industrial sector employs 550,000 women and men in good, high-paying jobs that produce more than $304 billion in annual economic output, the single largest share of Illinois’ economy. We look forward to working with the Governor and policymakers about the best way to move forward rather than simply imposing artificial goals.”
About the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA)
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States, representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities. For more information, please visit http://ima-net.org/.