Energy job-training program kicks off in Chicago

Electric utility ComEd recently filed the Future Energy Jobs Act Jobs Training plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission, Chicago Defender reported.

Six Chicago organizations received the first round of grants through the program: Chicago Urban League, Austin People's Action Center, HACIA, Chatham Business Association, the National Latino Education Institute and ASPIRA. The funds will be used to create training programs that prepare workers for jobs in the green energy industry. 

"Today's filing with the ICC marks a critical milestone in bringing this Jobs Training program to life," said ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore, according to the source. "This training program is one of several of the Future Energy Jobs Act's elements that help set a course for Illinois' energy future - the gateway to clean energy and $4 billion in anticipated energy efficiency savings already have been set in motion and now we launch training for new economy jobs."

In other green energy news, California Senate President Kevin de Leon recently unveiled a plan to get the state to 100 percent renewable energy usage by 2045, Forbes reported. 

The transition, however, would raise the issue of the fate of the 456,000 jobs in California currently supported by the oil and gas industry, the source noted. 

Six Chicago organizations received the first round of grants through the program.