On Monday, January 29th, PowerForward DuPage was proud to serve as the host for the discussion-style forum co-sponsored by The River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, The Resiliency Institute of Naperville and the IBEW Local 701. The night featured presentations from Jack Darin, Chapter Director of the Sierra Club of Illinois; Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus; Dr. Troy Hammond, President, North Central College; Lisa Albrecht, Vice-President, Illinois Solar Energy Association and Harry Ohde, Executive Director of the Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund.

The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) will

  • Stimulate job creation with new investments in energy efficiency, renewables and energy innovation
  • Enhance Illinois’ position as a leader in the clean energy economy, attracting investment and new companies to Illinois
  • Preserve Illinois’ low energy rates for residents and businesses

It will also commit up to $750 million for low-income communities to save money and help them benefit from clean energy and it will position Illinois as a leader in zero carbon electricity. It also provides for job training and will create thousands of clean energy jobs in energy efficiency, energy innovation, and renewable power industries. For more information, please download the presentations below to learn more about FEJA and its impact on DuPage County.

Overview of the Future Energy Jobs Act – Jack Darin

The Role of Municipalities in Solar Energy Development – Edith Makra

Bringing Solar to DuPage County – Lisa Albrecht

The Future Looks Bright for Solar – Harry Ohde