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Topinka Calls For New Emphasis On 'Clean Energy' - If Elected, She'll Push Legislation Requiring Utilities To Use Wind Farms, Candidate Says

(AP) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Republican Judy Baar Topinka called Monday for a push to make Illinois the national leader in "clean energy" with a plan that includes new requirements for gas stations and power companies.

Topinka says if she's elected governor, she will push legislation requiring utilities to get some of their energy from renewable sources, such as wind generation.

She also proposes requiring all gasoline sold in Illinois to contain ethanol, the fuel additive made from corn.

"I pledge to be a governor who will lead by harnessing the incredible resources of our farmers and agriculture industry to make Illinois the national leader in clean energy," Topinka said in a statement.

Topinka, the state treasurer, proposed a new government body to help rural areas. She said the Rural Economic Development Authority should have $500 million in bonding authority to support projects, including energy-related initiatives such as ethanol plants.

Her plan also includes an initiative to save on energy costs at state buildings. She wants private companies to bid on the chance to update state buildings and make them more energy efficient. The companies then would be allowed to keep most of the savings.

The state has adopted goals for power companies to use more energy from renewable sources, but Topinka aide Al Grosboll said that's not producing enough movement. He said utilities should be required to use a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Topinka says if she's elected governor, she will push legislation requiring utilities to get some of their energy from renewable sources, such as wind generation.

She also proposes requiring all gasoline sold in Illinois to contain ethanol, the fuel additive made from corn.

"I pledge to be a governor who will lead by harnessing the incredible resources of our farmers and agriculture industry to make Illinois the national leader in clean energy," Topinka said in a statement.

Topinka, the state treasurer, proposed a new government body to help rural areas. She said the Rural Economic Development Authority should have $500 million in bonding authority to support projects, including energy-related initiatives such as ethanol plants.

Her plan also includes an initiative to save on energy costs at state buildings. She wants private companies to bid on the chance to update state buildings and make them more energy efficient. The companies then would be allowed to keep most of the savings.

The state has adopted goals for power companies to use more energy from renewable sources, but Topinka aide Al Grosboll said that's not producing enough movement. He said utilities should be required to use a little more clean energy each year until they reach 10 percent.

Grosboll also said requiring all gasoline to contain ethanol would help increase demand. He said between 70 percent and 90 percent of Illinois gasoline already contains ethanol, depending on the time of year.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign spokeswoman, Sheila Nix, said the Democratic governor is a strong supporter of ethanol and other bio-fuels. Among other accomplishments she noted, Blagojevich signed legislation lifting the sales tax on bio-diesel and "E85" fuel that is 85 percent ethanol.


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AUG 17 2006
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