Altgeld Gardens will soon be the site of a city-sponsored green jobs training program and a brownfield solar farm.
As Illinois regulators consider final rules for a highly anticipated community solar incentive program, a developer’s recent misstep illustrates the intense competition developers face for a chance to participate.
Illinois is on track to reduce its planet warming carbon emissions by 22 percent by the year 2030, according to new research, thanks to the state’s massive energy bill that passed in 2016.
In a Q&A, Chicago energy company attorney Mark Johnson talks about deregulation and the Future Energy Jobs Act. Chicago attorney Mark Johnson joked that when he got his first job out of law school at the high-powered firm Sidley Austin LLP, he didn’t know they had a regulatory division, and might have been scared away if he’d known. Today as a partner in the firm Steptoe he represents ComEd and other energy companies with a focus on competitive markets, technology and disruption in a quickly-changing regulatory environment. The Financial Times recognized him in its North America Innovative Lawyers report for his involvement in Illinois’ 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). Johnson, who also has experience in anti-trust litigation and white-collar crime, talked with the Energy News Network about his thoughts on FEJA and the things he is keeping an eye on.
The Midwest bucked a national trend last year, adding 3,900 renewable energy jobs thanks in part to the impact of Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act.