The Future Energy Jobs Act was the most important climate legislation in Illinois history, and a major bipartisan victory with national impacts.
From day one, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition has been committed to the principles of creating thousands of jobs in every part of Illinois, saving consumers money on their bills and taking action to combat the threat of climate change. We are gratified that these goals are now within reach thanks to action taken by the Illinois General Assembly.
Passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act is a victory for people in every community across Illinois who deserve more jobs, lower electric bills and healthier air to breathe. It is a victory for businesses in Illinois in the clean energy sector and across the economy—and a signal to companies across the nation that Illinois is fertile ground for growth in this field.
The Future Energy Jobs Act was the most important climate bill in Illinois history, and the only major Climate bill happening anywhere in the country right now.
What can I do?
- Solar on your home or business. The Illinois Adjustable Block Program, which provides direct incentives to solar projects on homes, businesses, and for the new Community Solar Program, will begin on January 15, 2019. For more information on the Illinois Adjustable Block Program and incentives, visit www.illinoisabp.com.
- Get Energy Efficient. If you are a ComEd or Ameren Illinois customer, FEJA created new energy efficiency programs to provide you with incentives to upgrade to LED lights, retrofit your home or business to make it more efficient, or get new technology like a smart thermostat. Check it out here:
- Subscribe to Community Solar. If you are not able to put solar on your own roof, you will be able to subscribe to a community solar project near you. By subscribing to a community solar project, you get a share of the energy produced by the solar project credited back on your electric bill, similar to if you have solar on your own roof. Find out more, and be one of the first to learn about new community solar projects online, at www.SolarInTheCommunity.com.
- Find a workforce training program. The Future Energy Jobs Act funds several community organizations to conduct workforce training programs throughout the State of Illinois, to train workers in the clean energy economy, and to lift up disadvantaged communities.
What did the Future Energy Jobs Act do?
By fixing Illinois’ broken renewable energy policy, and by building on our record of success in energy efficiency, Illinois will now be poised to become a leader in clean energy and to capture the jobs and investments that come with it. With this legislation in place, Illinois can now compete head-to-head with any other state in the nation in the race to build a sustainable clean energy economy– and win.
The Future Energy Jobs Act accomplishes this by reducing the cost of customer bills, adding a bill cost cap, and investing in a new Solar for All and workforce development effort.
Benefits of the Future Energy Jobs Act include:
- The clean energy provisions in this bill will lead to between $12 to $15 billion in additional private investment coming to Illinois and create tens of thousands of new jobs—making the Future Energy Jobs Act one of the greatest economic development plans Illinois has seen in years.
- Thanks to this bill, Illinois will one of the top energy efficiency programs in the entire nation, building on the success of 2007 energy efficiency programs that have led to more than 85,000 jobs across the state of Illinois. With this new bill in place, we will expand that number further.
- It is big win for consumers. According to consumer analysis by CUB, due to the extraordinary benefits of the bill’s energy efficiency programs, each customer in Illinois would see a $14.80 reduction on their electricity bill each year throughout the lifetime of the bill. And the bill now has an overall customer rate cap to ensure that rates will not go up more than 25 cents a month.
We are especially pleased that this bill will open up opportunities to people in low-income communities who too often have been shut out of participating in the clean energy economy. This bill will invest more than $750 million in low-income programs, including new Illinois Solar for All Program to prioritize new solar development and job training in economically disadvantaged communities. Specific programs will deliver consumer savings, economic development and job training and creation for ex-offenders and former foster children.