The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) was signed into law in Illinois in September 15, 2021. It was the result of years of outreach in communities across the state, and back-and-forth negotiations amongst its builders. It’s a shining example the democratic process in action, and has been hailed as a leading example for the country for clean energy legislation.

What makes it unique is the focus on equity: ensuring the the benefits of the law are shared amongst all the people and communities of the state, prioritizing benefits for residents of communities that suffer from the downturn of the coal industry, or are designated as “disadvantaged” in terms of income levels and other factors.

Implementation of the law is currently underway, and that means that the state is awarding millions of dollars to build up the programs in the law for investment in state-wide clean energy job training and business building. The time is now for every Illinois individual to determine where they fit into the benefits, whether it’s tax credits and rebates for electric vehicles or solar installations, getting a job in the new clean energy industries, or private investment into the new energy startups. The possibilities are literally endless.

The law is over 900 pages and includes a lot of information. You don’t need to know everything, but there is a way you can make sure you’re getting as many benefits from the law as you can. At the end of this short course, we give you the best way to get involved now.

Clean energy jobs, as defined in 20 ILCS 730/5-25(a), means

  • jobs in the solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, solar thermal, green hydrogen, geothermal, electrical vehicle industries, other renewable energy industries,
  • industries achieving emission reductions, and
  • other related sectors including related industries that manufacture, develop, build, maintain, or provide ancillary services to renewable energy resources or energy efficiency products or services,
  • including the manufacture and installation of healthier building materials that contain fewer hazardous chemicals.
  • “Clean energy jobs” includes administrative, sales, and other support functions within these industries and other related sector industries.

So basically, we are talking about a variety of jobs and skills, running the gamut of all areas of specialty and expertise. Do you see the potential now?

 

This course will provide the basics of the new law, and resources for getting involved. There are no quizzes or tests. By signing up to take this course, you can stay up to date and find your place in these exciting times while we’re rolling out the law. It’s all free and there are no requirements to register, but if you do register, you will earn points and have access to all the site’s tools and resources.

Everyone has a role to play!