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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2019 


President Trump's reported to be ready to sign disaster relief bill without money for border security. Also on the Friday rundown: House bills would give millions a path to citizenship; and remembering California’s second-deadliest disaster.

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Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

CHICAGO - Making historic building space green carries tremendous challenges and rewards. The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) in Chicago is moving this week to a new, state-of-the-art green office space in the historic Jeweler's Building. The office is designed to achieve LEED platinum cert

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Although a glut of supplies is bringing down the cost of solar panels, experts say homeowners still need to invest at least a few thousand dollars to install a system that converts solar power to electricity. However, East Peoria homeowner Ward Miner says with only a few hundred

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Department of Energy has told the developer of the Taylorville Energy Center that it qualifies for more than $400 million in tax credits to build a so-called "clean coal" plant. That is one of the largest subsidies to a single project in Illinois. The developer, Tenaska, says

CHICAGO - Officials in several suburban Chicago and downstate communities are beginning to ask questions about a big investment they've made in what they had hoped would be inexpensive clean energy. The communities entered into a multi-year contract to pay for the Prairie State Energy Campus in Wash

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The future of solar energy for Illinois is getting brighter. That's because a glut of solar supplies on the market is reducing prices, and state lawmakers have passed new legislation aimed at promoting solar energy. One of the new laws waiting for the Governor's signature requires

CHICAGO - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a proposal introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. According to an analysis by Environment Illinois, passage of the

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Residential power customers in Illinois will now have some choices, both for the type of energy they use to power their homes and which company provides it. In 2002, the state deregulated the residential electricity market, but competition has remained scarce. However, that's abo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Drivers used to see nothing but farmhouses and fields on road trips through Illinois, but now the landscape is dotted with huge wind turbines. The first one was powered up in 2003, and today Illinois is home to more than 1,000 turbines on 13 wind farms. They provide enough renewa

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