Renewable Energy: Creating Jobs, Delivering Economic Benefits for Illinois

December 17, 2020

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined a panel of Illinois political, business, and academic leaders to discuss the future of renewable energy in the state, and how continued growth depends on developing both a strong workforce and robust grid infrastructure. The discussion highlighted the job creation and economic benefits of the state’s growing wind and solar industries, as well as some legislative and regulatory headwinds currently limiting future deployment.

Over 129 local leaders and interested parties joined the event, including representatives from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois House of Representatives, the Metropolitan Mayor’s Council, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, along with a variety of labor groups, environmental groups, and city managers and officials.

Watch a recording of the discussion here.


  • Jim Kirk, publisher and executive editor, Crain’s Chicago Business


  • U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05)
  • Jonathan Feipel, Spokesman, Path to 100
  • Nicole Luckey, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Invenergy
  • Chris Miller, Technology Professor, Heartland Community College