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On Thursday, December 12, at Noon CST, Illinois Extension will air Economic Impact of the Energy Transition: Coal Plant and Mine Closures and the Rise of Renewables. Seth Feaster, Energy Data Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), will talk about coal’s rapid decline, renewables’ rise, and the changing roles of gas, storage, consumers and utilities in the power sector during the energy transition. He has been analyzing the U.S. coal and electric power industries for the past five years and has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and The New York Times as a specialist in the visual presentation of economic, financial and energy data for the past 25 years. Seth will explain how Illinois communities can move towards renewables, set up ordinances, generate revenue and move towards energy independence. He will also cover main points from the newly released IEEFA report on the coal industry in the Illinois Basin. REGISTER HERE

 

 
 

The results of the 2020 Census are critically important because this once-a-decade census data helps businesses, researchers, and communities make decisions. The data can help inform where your community needs a new fire department, more funding for school lunches, or new roads. Watch this new Public Service Announcement (PSA) by the U.S. Census Bureau to learn more about how census data helps inform funding for things that impact your community.

 

 
 

Applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) for the 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarship program. The ICF annually awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who demonstrate effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection or enhancement of the state’s natural resources. Four scholarships of $2,000 each are available for the current school year. One of the scholarships is earmarked for a qualified applicant who is a dependent of a current employee of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "The ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarship program rewards high school students interested in conservation stewardship with an eye toward encouraging them to focus their studies on enhancing and protecting our natural resources,” said Colleen Callahan, chair of the Illinois Conservation Foundation Board of Directors and director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarships have been awarded since 2005. Applicants must be an Illinois resident and a senior in an Illinois high school. Applications due March 1, 2020. See the ICF website at www.ilcf.org for the application form. Contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation at 217-785-2003 or dnr.icf@illinois.gov for more information or to make a donation to the Conservation Achievement Scholarship program.

 

 
 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the creation of ROUTES (Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success), an initiative to support transportation needs in rural America. “Rural America, which has a disproportionately high rate of fatalities and is historically neglected, needs to have its transportation needs addressed,” said Secretary Chao. ROUTES will help the Department of Transportation (DOT) address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure to improve safety and economic competitiveness in all parts of the country. The department requests comments on unmet transportation infrastructure needs in rural transportation, barriers that rural communities face in addressing these needs, stakeholders' experiences with applying to and using DOT discretionary grant and credit programs, and opportunities for DOT to improve its services and technical assistance to rural communities in relation to these grant and credit programs. For more information, see Transportation.gov/rural. Comments are welcome through electronic submission (go to http://www.regulations.gov) by mail (Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-0001) and by hand delivery or courier (to 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room PL-401, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays). Comments are due December 27, 2019.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 12 (LGE Webinar) - Economic Impact of Plant/Mine Closures & Making the Case for Solar/Wind

January 23, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Illinois State Legislative Update

January 30, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Federal Legislative Update

February 20, 2020 (LGE Webinar) - Using a “Stress Testing” Approach to Measuring the Fiscal Sustainability of Local Governments

February 26-27, 2020 (Springfield) - Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference 

March 1, 2020 (Deadline) - Illinois 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarship