Much of our excitement surrounding the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) – groundbreaking energy legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly in December 2016 – was based on the creation of the Illinois Solar for All Program. [Read more…]
Clean energy legislative champions and Action Fund members joined us for a luncheon at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago today! Together we are working for an Environmental Justice Agenda in Illinois that includes clean energy jobs and training programs for returning citizens and foster care alumni. [Read more…]
Get on the bus to Springfield – Register Here
The past two years, people have traveled by bus from all across the state to rally at the Illinois State Capitol on Earth Day. And our efforts made a difference!
As the result of people like us making our voices heard, the Future Energy Jobs Law passed in December.
This landmark law creates significant investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and opportunities for all in the green economy. The newly-created Illinois Solar for All Program will provide job training initiatives to make available 2,000 clean energy jobs for persons with records and alumni of the foster care system.
In spite of this good news, your voice is still critically needed.
The Future Energy Jobs Law designates funding from the Renewable Energy Resources Fund (RERF) to enact the Illinois Solar for All Program. RERF funds are at risk for being “swept” away by the legislature for other purposes.
As a person of faith, your voice makes a difference in advocating for environmental justice and creating a healthier future for all communities. We need you to help us advocate that the dollars in the Renewable Energy Resources Fund be spent on the Solar for All Program.
You can make a difference by asking your elected officials to co-sponsor the Environmental Justice Resolution (HR0234/SR353) and by advocating that RERF dollars be used for the Illinois Solar for All Program.
- Incentives for on-premises (including rooftop) solar development in economically-challenged communities.
- Incentives for community solar project development in economically-challenged communities. A community solar project is a larger-scale solar development of solar panels for people who don’t have a roof or space on their property to install solar. People invest in the project to reap the benefits of lowered energy bills and potentially other financial benefits from energy produced by these panels on investors’ behalf.
- Incentives for solar development on buildings owned by non-profits, including houses of worship, or the government.
- Additional incentives for projects to be carried out in Environmental Justice (EJ) communities, where pollution, contamination, and other negative environmental impacts have harmed community health. With solar development, EJ communities across the state can reap the economic and health benefits of clean air, clean water, and job creation.
In addition to goals from the Solar for All program, the electric utility serving northern Illinois (Commonwealth Edison) must spend $30 million through 2025 to train and apprentice new clean energy workers. Some of that money may be spent directly by ComEd, and some of it will flow to nonprofits. There is a goal to train 2,000 persons with records and alumni of the foster care system, who often face challenges to employment.
The Renewable Energy Resources Fund (RERF) was set up initially to invest in new renewable development and funded by alternative retail electric suppliers. Over the past several years, over $200 million was collected but only $30 million has been used for new renewable projects because of broken policy.
RERF funds are at risk for being “swept” away by the legislature for other purposes. These funds present an incredible opportunity to jumpstart renewable energy development for economically-challenged communities through the Illinois Solar for All Program, and should be used as they were intended for new renewable energy development.
As a person of faith, your voice makes a difference in advocating for environmental justice and creating a healthier future for all communities. We need you to help us advocate that the dollars in the Renewable Energy Resources Fund be spent on the Solar for All Program
We call for our state legislators to prioritize an Environmental Justice agenda by shaping policy that addresses the adverse and disproportionate impacts of climate change and other energy sector environmental damage upon communities of color and economically-disadvantaged communities.
We call for our state legislators to co-sponsor the Environmental Justice Resolution (HR0234/SR353) and to use RERF dollars for the Illinois Solar for All Program.
On behalf of A Just Harvest, the Chicago Leadership Network on Latin America, Faith in Place Action Fund, Fight for 15, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Women Gathering for Justice, and the Workers Center for Racial Justice, I would like to invite you to participate in our 2017 King Day Celebration & Call to Action Public Meeting.
At the event, 500 people from Chicago and the Chicago-land Area will come together to discuss the important issues facing the community and call on elected officials to make commitments to address those issues. Issues on the agenda include Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, Living Wages, Immigration Rights, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights for ALL.
Our organizations represent some of the strongest community groups that include congregations, students, neighborhood groups, and marginalized citizens in the greater Chicago-land area to ensure that people have power in the decisions impacting their lives.
Yesterday, the Illinois General Assembly passed historic energy legislation with the Future Energy Jobs Bill. This is a critical step forward in growing the green economy for all!
Key provisions for connecting the dots between the green economy and criminal justice reform that the Faith in Place Action Fund advocated for all made it into the bill. Because of your support, our Policy Director, Pastor Vance, led efforts to win opportunities for economically challenged communities in this new green economy. [Read more…]
Today, Thursday, December 1, 2016, our state legislators are considering critical energy legislation to transform energy in Illinois. [Read more…]
We know that our transition to the clean energy economy can be transformative, breaking down barriers that have blocked communities of color and economically challenged neighborhoods from participating in this growing sector of the economy.
It’s Veto Session at the State Capitol in Springfield, and our elected officials are currently considering critical legislation that will significantly impact how this energy transformation moves forward in Illinois. [Read more…]
The gala gathered many distinguished guests – clergy, political leaders, members of the Legislative Black Caucus, non-profit leaders, and others – who care about making the transition to a clean energy future that empowers all Illinoisans. [Read more…]