(220 ILCS 5/16-108.12)
Utility job training program.
(a) An electric utility that serves more than 3,000,000 customers in the State shall spend $10,000,000 per year in 2017, 2021, and 2025 to fund the programs described in this Section.
(1) The utility shall fund a solar training
pipeline program in the amount of $3,000,000. The utility may administer the program or contract with another entity to administer the program. The program shall be designed to establish a solar installer training pipeline for projects authorized under Section 1-56 of the Illinois Power Agency Act and to establish a pool of trained installers who will be able to install solar projects authorized under subsection (c) of Section 1-75 of the Illinois Power Agency Act and otherwise. The program may include single event training programs. The program described in this paragraph (1) shall be designed to ensure that entities that offer training are located in, and trainees are recruited from, the same communities that the program aims to serve and that the program provides trainees with the opportunity to obtain real-world experience. The program described in this paragraph (1) shall also be designed to assist trainees so that they can obtain applicable certifications or participate in an apprenticeship program. The utility or administrator shall include funding for programs that provide training to individuals who are or were foster children or that target persons with a record who are transitioning with job training and job placement programs. The program shall include an incentive to facilitate an increase of hiring of qualified persons who are or were foster children and persons with a record. It is a goal of the program described in this paragraph (1) that at least 50% of the trainees in this program come from within environmental justice communities and that 2,000 jobs are created for persons who are or were foster children and persons with a record.
(2) The utility shall fund a craft apprenticeship
program in the amount of $3,000,000. The program shall be an accredited or otherwise recognized apprenticeship program over a period not to exceed 4 years, for particular crafts, trades, or skills in the electric industry that may, but need not, be related to solar installation.
(3) The utility shall fund multi-cultural jobs
programs in the amount of $4,000,000. The funding shall be allocated in the applicable year to individual programs as set forth in subparagraphs (A) through (F) of this paragraph (3) and may, but need not, be related to solar installation, over a period not to exceed 4 years, by diversity-focused community organizations that have a record of successfully delivering job training.
(A) $1,000,000 to a community-based civil
rights and human services not-for-profit organization that provides economic development, human capital, and education program services.
(B) $500,000 to a not-for-profit organization
that is also an education institution that offers training programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and United States Department of Education with the goal of providing workforce initiatives leading to economic independence.
(C) $500,000 to a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to developing the educational and leadership capacity of minority youth through the operation of schools, youth leadership clubs and youth development centers.
(D) $1,000,000 to a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to providing equal access to opportunities in the construction industry that offer training programs that include Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 and 30 certifications, Environmental Protection Agency Renovation, Repair and Painting Certification and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Green Associate Exam preparation courses.
(E) $500,000 to a non-profit organization that
has a proven record of successfully implementing utility industry training programs, with expertise in creating programs that strengthen the economics of communities including technical training workshops and economic development through community and financial partners.
(F) $500,000 to a nonprofit organization that
provides family services, housing education, job and career education opportunities that has successfully partnered with the utility on electric industry job training.
For the purposes of this Section, "person with a record" means any person who (1) has been convicted of a crime in this State or of an offense in any other jurisdiction, not including an offense or attempted offense that would subject a person to registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act; (2) has a record of an arrest or an arrest that did not result in conviction for any crime in this State or of an offense in any other jurisdiction; or (3) has a juvenile delinquency adjudication.
(b) Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly, an electric utility that serves more than 3,000,000 customers in the State shall file with the Commission a plan to implement this Section. Within 60 days after the plan is filed, the Commission shall enter an order approving the plan if it is consistent with this Section or, if the plan is not consistent with this Section, the Commission shall explain the deficiencies, after which time the utility shall file a new plan. The utility shall use the funds described in subparagraph (O) of paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of Section 1-75 of the Illinois Power Agency Act to pay for the Commission approved programs under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-906, eff. 6-1-17