Gov. JB Pritzker and an entourage of senior state officials were planning to leave for the UK on Tuesday for a week-long hunt for climate-friendly investments and to tout Illinois’ new clean energy law at the World Climate Change Summit in Scotland.
Pritzker’s group will begin in London, spending three days meeting with government and industry leaders to encourage the expansion of Illinois’ “green energy” economy, particularly an electric vehicle industry in. booming, spokeswoman Emily Bittner said. She did not identify any of the British participants.
The group will travel to the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday for the COP26 climate summit, where Bittner said the Democratic governor would deliver a speech at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions on November 7.
“Illinois leads the Midwest in climate action and building a green energy economy and I look forward to bragging about our success overseas,” Pritzker said in a statement last week. last announcing the trip. “Our historic clean energy legislation, talented workforce, and role as the nation’s transportation hub make our state a premier destination for international companies looking to do business in the United States. . “
The Clean Energy Jobs Act, which Pritzker promulgated on September 15, pledges to make Illinois carbon-free by 2045. It grants a $ 700 million grant to two unprofitable nuclear power plants to keep them operating, closes coal-fired power plants by 2045, provides discounts for electric car purchases and more.
The Governor will be joined by Chief of Staff Anne Caprara, Deputy Governors Andy Manar and Christian Mitchell, Senior Deputy Governor Christy George and Deputy Director of Policy Jessica Himes.
Five other governors – all Democrats – have announced their intention to attend: Jay Inslee of Washington, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, David Ige of Hawaii, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Kate Brown of Oregon. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that family obligations will keep him at home, but his lieutenant governor will attend.
Maryland and Massachusetts, states ruled by Republican governors, will also send representatives.
Bittner said Pritzker pays his own expenses. Airline tickets for staff members will be paid for by Intersect Illinois, a group of business ambassadors funded by Illinois companies to spur new developments. The accommodation of staff members will be financed from the state budget. Bittner did not estimate the total budgetary costs.
Democratic House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch will join the group in London on Wednesday and pay his own expenses, spokeswoman Jaclyn Driscoll said. He will not go to Glasgow, returning to the United States on Saturday.