Thanks to the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Dec. 7, 2016, thousands of clean energy jobs will be created in the state. Case in point, ComEd has invested a total of $3 million in grants to Elevate Energy, Illinois Central College, OAI, and the Safer Foundation to train people for clean energy jobs in the state.
"ComEd is committed to helping grow renewable energy in Illinois and equally dedicated to developing the workforce of the future who will help integrate more clean energy like solar, into the Illinois energy grid," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd CEO. It aims to install enough renewable energy to power 1million Illinois homes with renewable energy.
”The training programs that will be created by the organizations announced today will ensure that the next generation of energy workers is prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities created by a new clean energy economy. We are excited to see this part of the FEJA take flight and look forward to working with these partners to ensure success of these job training programs,” Pramaggiore said.
To choose which organizations to support, ComEd worked with Chicago Community Trust (CCT) to create and administer a process to evaluate and choose which solar pipeline training programs to support. They selected grantees based on geographic reach, previous work creating workforce training programs and organizations’ alignment with FEJA goals, which include recruitment, training, and placement of trainees who are or were foster children and Returning Citizens.
"Our partnership with ComEd gives us the chance to support the workforce development goals of FEJA while helping Illinois pivot to a green economy,” said Peggy Davis, chief officer of Programs and Strategic Integration at CTT. “We are confident that the organizations we selected to receive financial support align well with our shared goal of building sustainable communities and an inclusive economy, especially among those who have experienced hardship.”
Overall, the act is investing $30 million in renewable energy job training programs by 2025. In 2017 it’s invested $10 million, including the $3 million just announced by ComEd. This year it’s also invested $4 million into Multicultural Training efforts and $3 million into the Craft Apprenticeship program. Another $10 million will be invested in clean energy jobs training in 2021 and in 2025.Tweet