Even though coal plants are shutting down across the country, coal remains a major source of energy in the U.S., and burning it emits toxic pollutants and climate-altering carbon dioxide. America Ferrera journeys to Illinois, where a still-functioning coal plant is creating tension between those who want to shut it down and those — like the local mayor — who want to keep it open. She meets a group of activists fighting hard to close it in favor of an option that can provide clean energy and green jobs.
The Untold Story About the End of Coal by David Crane, former CEO of NRG
In December of 2016, the Illinois legislature passed the Future Energy Jobs Bill, a version of the legislation Waukeganites lobbied for earlier that year. Over the next 15 years, the bill will provide incentives to attract $12-$15 billion in private sector investments in renewable energy and $6 billion in utility investments in energy efficiency. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law on December 7, giving Waukegan its best opportunity yet to move beyond coal.