The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA, P.A. 102-0662) was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on September 15, 2021. CEJA is comprehensive energy legislation that expands renewable development, provides funding for electric vehicles and charging stations, creates clean energy workforce training programs, provides support for communities experiencing a plant closure, and much more.
DCEO's role through CEJA is to help Illinois residents prepare for and train to capitalize on jobs in the clean energy industry, and to provide support to workers and communities facing plant closures. These programs will prioritize participation from individuals in communities that have historically faced economic and environmental barriers, bolstering a diverse workforce in the clean energy industry.
DCEO is charged with implementing many programs under CEJA. This page will be updated to reflect updates and announcements. Those interested may also sign up to receive updates about program development and funding opportunities made available by CEJA.
DCEO CEJA PROGAMS
An overview of the programs DCEO will administer per the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act is below.
- Clean Jobs Workforce Hubs Network Program 13 hub sites across the state to offer training, certification preparation, and skill development, in clean energy related industries.
- Clean Jobs Curriculum training curriculum that identifies career pathways, training curriculum, and skill sets needed for participants to enter clean energy jobs, prepared via broad stakeholder process.
- Climate Works Preapprenticeship Hubs pre-apprenticeship training to prepare for careers in the construction, building trades and clean energy jobs.
- Returning Residents Clean Jobs Training Program clean energy job training for individuals in the custody of Illinois Department of Corrections.
- Clean Energy Contractor Incubator Program to provide access to low-cost capital and financial support for small clean energy businesses and contractors
- Clean Energy Primes Contractor Accelerator Program to mentor and support businesses and contractors through business coaching and operational support.
- Energy Transition Navigators will perform outreach, education, and recruitment to eligible individuals to participate in the workforce and contractor programs and work with local job market to help place trainees in careers.
- Energy Transition Barrier Reduction Program will provide supportive and financial assistance services to individuals participating in CEJA workforce programs to overcome barriers to engaging and completing the programs.
- Energy Transition Community Assistance Grant provides grants to communities that have or will experience a fossil fuel, nuclear plant, or mine closure to support economic development in those communities.
- Jobs and Environmental Justice Grant Program will provide upfront and seed capital to disadvantaged businesses to support community ownership and development of renewable energy projects.
- Displaced Energy Worker Bill of Rights set of requirements to support transitioning energy sector workers by providing skills matching, reemployment services, and other supportive services.
- Energy Transition Workforce Commission will provide recommendations to address changes to Illinois' workforce and communities experiencing plant closures.
- Energy Workforce Advisory Council can provide recommendations on CEJA workforce programs and provide information on federal, state, local, and private programs and resources.
- FEJA Qualified Job Training Programs created in 2016, these workforce programs offer job and skill set training in the electric and solar industry for disadvantaged populations.
- Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Program Grant supports the installation and operation of energy storage facilities at the sites of qualifying electric generating facilities.