Illinois hangs over a ‘solar cliff’ — and developers gaze into the unknown

December 16, 2020

By Kari Lydersen | Energy News Network The final incentives from the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act were awarded on Monday as solar developers plead for a legislative fix next month. State incentives for small solar installations in Illinois have officially run out, leaving the state’s industry looking over the “solar cliff” that developers…

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LTE: Make clean energy a priority

November 29, 2020

Carolyn Casady Trimble Letter to the Editor | News-Gazette Make clean energy a priority I am concerned about the world we are creating. Fortunately, I have been able to enjoy clean air and clean water. I want the same for my grandchildren. Asking your state legislators to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act now is…

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Clean Energy Jobs Act vital to transition away from fossil fuels

November 13, 2020

Guest Commentary by Rev. Cindy Shepherd | The News-Gazette Ameren Illinois and Vistra are talking out of both sides of their mouth on renewable energy. Unfortunately, each side is bad news for those who care about clean-energy jobs in Illinois. A Sept. 28 headline announced Ameren’s plans to increase reliance on solar and wind. It…

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Clean Energy Lobby Day goes virtual

November 12, 2020

By Ted Cox | One Illinois CEJA backers claim record support as more than 1,000 lobby legislators online Not the COVID-19 pandemic nor the cancellation of the General Assembly’s fall veto session could keep environmentalists from claiming a record turnout in what they called “the largest Clean Energy Lobby Day to date” on Thursday. More…

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More than 1,000 Illinoisans advocate for Clean Energy Jobs Act in virtual lobby day

November 12, 2020

By Kelsey Misbrener | Solar Power World Today, over 1,000 environmental justice, environmental and renewable energy advocates, youth activists, faith leaders, business representatives and consumer groups from every part of Illinois met virtually with over 80 members of the Illinois General Assembly to urge lawmakers to prioritize the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act…

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Clean Energy Jobs Act will move state forward

November 8, 2020

Letter to the Editor | Daily Herald Thank you, Daily Herald, for keeping us informed about the continued barriers for municipal electric utility customers who try to replace their dirty, expensive coal-fired electricity (Oct. 22 Business Section: “Energy efficiency roadblock: Batavia factory wants to add solar power …”). Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, my own town…

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Shift from fossil fuels seen as job generator for minority communities

October 28, 2020

NBC 25 News | Week.com PEORIA (WEEK) – Saving consumers $1.7 billion on their utility bills is what the Clean Energy Jobs Act is trying to do. The legislation would transition the Illinois power sector away from fossil fuels, while significantly expanding clean energy initiatives, and even using this to provide jobs for Black, indigenous, and…

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In Illinois energy bill negotiations, equity is taking center stage

October 27, 2020

Kari Lydersen | Energy News Network All three major coalitions pushing for new clean energy legislation are touting social justice as a priority but vary on their approaches and accountability. As the country continues to grapple with its historic and ongoing racial injustices, equity is seen as a driving factor in Illinois energy legislation being…

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Lawmakers hope to address environmental justice in clean energy proposals

October 23, 2020

Mike Miletich | WSILTV SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus wants environmental justice for minority communities included in any new clean energy proposals. State lawmakers say many things play into social equity, but the environment and energy people live with can make a big difference for health and finances. Many feel the Future…

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Poll backs strengthening of CEJA

October 15, 2020

Updated bill bolsters provisions for social equity, job creation, utility accountability By Ted Cox | OneIllinois A new poll of key areas on Chicago’s borders and in suburbs near and far finds overwhelming support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, especially as the latest version of the bill strengthens provisions for social equity, job creation,…

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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!