At events in Springfield and Chicago last week, an unprecedented coalition of business interests, organized labor, interfaith groups, consumer advocates, and environmental groups announced shared goals to embrace clean energy and new job creation under a united banner.
Traveling through the heartland for my work with E2, it became clear to me that young Midwesterners are leveraging the region’s manufacturing expertise to transform the Rust Belt into an advanced energy hub. To help tell this important story, E2 is launching our “Clean Power Players” project. In videos and in written profiles, we will highlight about a dozen Millennials who are part of a new generation of Midwestern clean energy business leaders. But we need your help.
Illinois could create 7,200 energy efficiency jobs by 2020 under the Clean Power Plan. Already, nearly 96,900 workers are employed by the clean energy industry in Illinois. Illinois has enough renewable resources to power every home and business and still sell surplus to neighboring states.