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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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Coalition Launches Clean Energy Initiative

February 19, 2018

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) announced Monday the launch of a new statewide effort aimed at encouraging Illinois to embrace renewable energy and carbon-free power. The initiative is called “Listen. Lead. Share. A conversation about winning a clean, equitable energy future.” ICJC members said their policy goals include: Ensuring equitable benefits across the state; Moving Illinois…

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Coalition Announces New Push for Clean Energy in Illinois

February 19, 2018

Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition listed several sweeping and long-term goals Joined by U.S. Congress members Rep. Mike Quigley and Rep. Robin Kelly, members of the ICJC listed several sweeping and long-term goals at an event on Chicago’s Near West Side, including pushing Illinois to use 100% renewable energy by 2050, realizing a…

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Renewable energy ‘exploding’ in Peoria and beyond

December 9, 2017

That all changed a year ago — “dramatically,” Hawksworth said — with the enactment of the Future Energy Jobs Act and an overhauled incentive system that promises as much as $15 billion in investments for renewable energy in Illinois by 2030. Solar panels at Germantown Grill “It basically created a sustainable future for our business…

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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!