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Future Energy Conversation held in Coles County

November 8, 2018

Clint Walker | Journal Gazette & Times-Courier MATTOON — How can Coles County benefit from a clean energy economy that cuts energy costs and creates jobs? That was the discussion initiated when local residents, area leaders, experts, and elected officials gathered at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon for a Future Energy Community Conversation.…

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Opinion: We need bipartisan action on climate change

October 30, 2018

Susan Hurley, Guest Contributor | Daily Herald For working families in Illinois, there’s a lot a stake in this election. The fate of our families, our future and our values are on the line. The people we elect a week from now will be making critical decisions on fair taxes, workers’ rights, public education, and…

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Citizens Utility Board to discuss future of affordable, clean energy in Illinois

October 18, 2018

Clint Walker | Journal Gazette & Times-Courier MATTOON — The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) consumer watchdog group, Coles Progressives, the Prairie River Network, and Faith in Place will host a discussion to gather opinions from Charleston and Mattoon residents on how Illinois can take advantage of opportunities to make clean energy affordable and accessible to…

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Clean energy providing more than 119,000 Illinois jobs

September 19, 2018

Staff Report | Dispatch Argus CHICAGO — More than 3,700 area residents now work in clean energy industries, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Clean Energy Trust and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). Illinois’ clean energy workforce employs 119,377 residents, more than six times as many people than all the…

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Town hall focuses on state’s green future

September 17, 2018

By Ty Batemon | WCIA Two years ago, the state passed an historic clean energy bill. Even though that happened, some say there’s still a lot that needs to be done for a cleaner future. “It’s because the effects of climate change are happening now. This is something people are saying it’s happening in five…

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Working to bring clean energy to Illinois

September 12, 2018

By Cymphanie Sherman, Fox Illinois On Wednesday, people gathered at the Lincoln Library to talk about the future for clean energy here in Illinois. Community members were invited to talk about what’s working in their community and what could be better. The goal is finding a way to bring the state to 100 percent renewable…

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Letter to the Editor | Our environment is under assault

September 12, 2018

THE NEWS-GAZETTE Since the Future Energy Job Act (FEJA), Illinois’ bipartisan clean energy and job-building piece of legislation passed in 2016, Illinois’ reliance on coal has diminished. FEJA creates programs and incentives that put Illinois on a path toward further reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. By 2030, the state is expected to produce approximately…

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Statement from the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Regarding the VW Settlement Plan

August 29, 2018

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) released its final plan today to invest the $108 million settlement the state received from Volkswagen. The plan was revised after advocates called for more public input in the process. The revised plan includes a significant increase in investments toward electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a reduction in administrative costs,…

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Editorial | Champaign County moves into solar-power age

August 26, 2018

The Editorial Board Thanks to the 2016 adoption of the Illinois Future Jobs Act, counties all over Illinois are acting on solar-farm ordinances and proposed solar farms. Champaign County joined the parade last week with the adoption of a solar-farm ordinance. At the time the Legislature passed the Illinois Future Jobs Act in December 2016,…

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Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Statement on Just-Released Midwest Clean Jobs Report

August 8, 2018

For Immediate Release       Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018   Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Statement on Just-Released Midwest Clean Jobs Report Illinois is home to a third of the Midwest’s new renewable energy jobs, according to Midwest Clean Jobs, a clean energy jobs report released today from the Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national,…

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The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is launching an open conversation to explore how communities across Illinois can benefit from the clean energy economy. Listen. Lead. Share. We need your voice!

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