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Climate and Equitable Jobs Act

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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

  • Incentivizes renewable energy development;
  • Accelerates electric vehicle (EV) adoption and expands charging station infrastructure; 
  • Creates statewide clean energy workforce training programs to ensure our workforce is prepared for the jobs of the future; and, 
  • Supports communities facing energy transitions and much more.  

DCEO's role in CEJA is to help Illinois’ workforce prepare for and train for jobs in the clean energy industry, and to provide support to workers and communities facing plant closures. These programs prioritize Illinoisians who live 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 (see below). 
This page will be updated as new information is available. 

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DCEO seeks public input on the various workforce programs under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act.  These include the Clean Energy Jobs Curriculum, which will be used in the  Clean Jobs Workforce Network Program, the Returning Resident Clean Jobs Program, the Climate Works Preapprenticeship Program, and the Clean Energy Contractor Incubator Program.   You can also keep track of updates by viewing our Program Updates page or joining our mailing list.