Inaugural Clean Energy Champion Awards Honor Leading Organizations Using Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) to Create Clean Jobs for All

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, the inaugural Illinois Clean Energy Champion Awards celebrated job creation by private companies, nonprofit organizations and governmental units from across Illinois that have seized the chance to make Illinois a national leader in clean energy. The event is a joint project of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Clean…

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ICJC Praises City of Chicago Recommendations for Clean Buildings, Clean Air

As People’s Gas announces record-high profits and prices, coalition calls for immediate action to lower consumer utility bills while protecting the climate  CHICAGO – After more than a year of stakeholder engagement and participation of more than 50 community, building industry, and environmental justice leaders in the Chicago Building Decarbonizing Policy Development Working Group, the…

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Statement from ICJC on City of Chicago Clean Energy Procurement Announcement

Coalition applauds City for ensuring equity, exceeding climate goals, prioritizing consumers  CHICAGO – Following the City of Chicago announcement regarding procurement of 100% clean, renewable to power city buildings starting in 2025, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition released this statement: “The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition applauds Mayor Lightfoot and the City of Chicago for taking…

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Clean Jobs America 2022 report ranks Illinois 5th in nation with nearly 120,000 clean energy jobs

Data suggests passage of CEJA will spur even greater job growth CHICAGO – According to the E2 Clean Jobs America 2022 report released yesterday, Illinois currently ranks 5th in the country with 119,853 clean energy jobs in 2021, a 4.9% increase over 2020 despite last year’s “solar cliff,” when state funding and incentives for rooftop and other solar installations dried…

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ICJC Statement on the Illinois EPA’s Approval of New $1 Billion Polluting Gas Plant

Lincoln Land Energy Center will be dirty and expensive for Central Illinois families PAWNEE, IL – Today, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) issued an operating permit to EmberClear, a Texas-based company that went bankrupt in 2016, to build a new methane gas plant in Pawnee, Illinois. The permit will allow the Lincoln Land Energy Center, which…

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Statement of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition on MISO Approval of Transmission Upgrades

CHICAGO – On Monday, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) released the following statement after the MISO board meeting: “Today’s action to increase grid reliability and integrate more renewable energy and battery storage in MISO North is a desperately-needed positive step, but MISO must act faster to speed the conversion from dirty, expensive fossil fuels to clean, less…

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CEJA sponsors, consumer advocates blast foot-dragging by grid operator as energy prices spike

34 renewable projects capable of powering 4.5 million homes sit in MISO’s queue while the grid operator blames others, spreads fear. CHICAGO – On Thursday, Illinois legislative leaders and consumer advocates sharply criticized the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the multi-state entity that manages the generation and transmission of electricity across Central and Southern Illinois for…

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Statement of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) Regarding SCOTUS Decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency

ICJC: The Supreme Court put profits before people. Illinois must quickly implement CEJA to cut costs, create jobs, and protect our communities. CHICAGO – Following today’s announcement of the Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. EPA, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition urged swift state action: “The Supreme Court of the United States has taken another…

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ICJC PRAISES GOVERNOR PRITZKER FOR ENGINEERING UNPRECEDENTED $1 BILLION REFUND TO RATEPAYERS FROM NUCLEAR PLANTS

Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) will provide rebates to customers averaging $18/month starting in June. CHICAGO – Today, utility Commonwealth Edison filed new rates with the Illinois Commerce Commission that will provide direct credits of more than $1 billion to customers as a result of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) that was…

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ICJC Urges Congress to Act on Climate, Supercharge CEJA, Create Thousands of Good-Paying Jobs

CHICAGO – Following Governor JB Pritzker’s State of the State and Budget Address, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) released this statement: “As Governor Pritzker said today, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) made Illinois a nationally-recognized leader in the fight to combat the climate crisis and create good-paying clean energy jobs. But Illinois…

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