3/22/17 – Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition response to ICC’s “NextGrid” process

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2017

Contact:
Pete Giangreco, 312-543-4097
Billy Weinberg, 312-485-4363

The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC)– which represents environmental advocates, clean energy businesses, faith organizations, consumer groups and other members from around Illinois– responded to steps undertaken today by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to begin a stakeholder process called “NextGrid” that is designed to build consensus on issues surrounding the future of the state’s electricity sector.

“The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition supports the modernization of Illinois’ electric grid and diversifying its power supply to encourage clean energy growth,” the coalition said.

“Through the recently passed Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), Illinois’ clean energy economy is expected to receive a major shot in the arm that will boost the amount of renewable energy and energy efficiency production in the state over the next decade.

“With additional progress through a well-executed ‘NextGrid’ forum that ensures transparency and opportunities for all, Illinois could be poised to claim a position as a national clean energy hub that can attract private businesses and entrepreneurs into the state that want to source their power from responsible, homegrown clean energy resources like wind and sun while adding to the clean energy workforce and Illinois’ economy.

“The Clean Jobs Coalition members look forward to the work ahead and opportunity to participate in the ‘NextGrid’ discussions at the ICC and with other stakeholders that share these goals in the months and years ahead.”

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