Legislators aim to expand access to ‘clean energy jobs’

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By Cassie Buchman, Staff Writer

Thursday


Feb 28, 2019 at 2:22 PM


State legislators are proposing a bill with the goal of expanding access to jobs in the renewable energy sector and getting Illinois as a whole to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act, introduced in the Illinois Senate by Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin, and in the House by Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, also aims to cut carbon emissions from the state’s power sector by 2030 and create steps to promote the use of electric cars and mass transit.

House Bill 3624 currently has 35 sponsors and Senate Bill 2132 has 10.

Some of the provisions included in the bill include allocating state money to new business incentives and workforce training.

“This bill is not simply about making sure Illinois reaches its goal of 100 percent renewable energy, but ensures that 100 percent of Illinois gets the benefits of a clean energy economy,” Williams said at a press conference in the Capitol on Thursday.

Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, said the legislation will lead to clean energy, jobs and cleaner air across the state.

“Already in Illinois, we have 120,000 clean energy jobs in Illinois,” Walling said.

Legislators plan to expand access to these energy jobs by creating Clean Jobs Workforce Hubs, which would include partnerships with different organizations, trades groups, labor unions and clean energy employers. In addition, the bill directs organizations like the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Department of Labor to develop training programs to prepare workers to enter these fields.

This story will be updated.

Contact Cassie Buchman: 782-3095, cbuchman@sj-r.com; twitter.com/cjbuchman.

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February 28, 2019 at 02:39PM

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