A trio of bills awaiting the governor’s signature in Illinois is the latest development in preparing the state for an expected massive influx of solar energy development sparked by the state’s 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act.
Women make up about a third of U.S. wind and solar energy jobs, higher than other technology fields.
A major developer of large-scale solar in the Northeast is launching operations in Illinois, expecting the state’s new energy law to jumpstart the industry in a way similar to what happened in the company’s home state of Massachusetts.
A study funded by environmental groups concludes Dynegy-Vistra’s coal-fired power plants in downstate Illinois will likely close by 2025 without causing reliability issues.
The national laboratory last month announced its second class of participants for a Midwest energy entrepreneurship program.