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ILLINOIS CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Illinois Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Illinois: over 86,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Illinois: over 14,000
  • Number of solar jobs in Illinois: over 4,800
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in Illinois: over 16,000
  • Number of solar businesses in Illinois: 366
  • Number of jobs directly supported by wind energy in Illinois: up to 8,000
  • Number of wind turbines in Illinois: over 2,700
  • Number of homes that could be powered by wind generation in Illinois: over 1,200,000
  • Number of active wind manufacturing facilities in Illinois: 34
  • Number of Illinoisans working in clean energy transmission, distribution, and storage: nearly 50,000

 

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in Illinois from 2007-2016: 30
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in Illinois in 2018: 4
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in Illinois: 120

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Illinoisans that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 73%
  • Percentage of Illinoisans that believe climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 59%
  • Percentage of Illinoisans that are worried about climate change: 62%
  • Percentage of Illinoisans that support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 74%