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ICJC and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Host the Illinois Clean Energy Champion Awards

Clean Energy Champs Attendees

On October 19, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce celebrated clean energy as they came together to co-host the second annual Illinois Clean Energy Champion Awards (CECA). This event, which aims to recognize Illinois-based companies, nonprofit organizations and governmental units that are working to help make Illinois a national leader in clean energy, showcases the best of the collaborative spirit between business, energy and environmental communities that is needed to tackle the global climate crisis and facilitate a just transition to a clean energy economy.    Attendees at the 2023 CECA event. Credit: ICJC  Winners of this year’s CECA were announced in five categories:   1. Nonprofit/…

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Looking Back on 100 Issues of the Policy Insider

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With this October edition, MEEA is proud to have reached the 100th issue of the Policy Insider. The Midwest energy efficiency industry has experienced both meaningful policy advancements and unfortunate rollbacks over the last 100 months. Many of these advancements have taken place over the last few years, hopefully signaling that lawmakers and regulators better understand energy efficiency’s role in decarbonization. Take a look at this list of the region’s biggest stories over the last eight-plus years.  The Good  Illinois’s Clean and Equitable Jobs Act  After years of negotiation, Illinois enacted the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) in 2021. The nearly 1,000-page law touches on many elements of the energy…

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Life-Saving Energy Codes: What Building Safety Officials Need to Know

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This material was originally published on the Sustainable Energy Action Committee website and is republished here with permission. In 2023, the U.S. experienced 28 separate weather and climate disasters costing at least $1 billion. That number puts 2023 into first place for the highest number of billion-dollar disasters in a calendar year. Given the increasing frequency of historic natural disasters, safe and resilient buildings are more important than ever. Inside what we see as a singular building is a complex network of components that work together to create a space that is safe, functional and comfortable. Each component—like the foundation, roof and electrical and plumbing systems—is designed and installed to a set of codes that…

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