The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) and CHP in Illinois: What the Future Holds

Date: October 28, 2021

On October 28, 2021 the Midwest cogeneration Association (MCA) held a webinar outlining the many different ways in which the newly passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) affects CHP and WHP in Illinois. Panelists included Graeme Miller from the Energy Resources Center, Nick Dreher from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Patricia Sharkey from the MCA. While the effects of this bill are still being understood it is clear that it accomplished a number of important actions. The new legislation removed the 10 MW cap that prevented larger customers from participating in the energy efficiency program, it created a new distributed generation rebate program from qualified systems up to 5 MW, it creates a timeline for phasing out fossil fueled generating units, including CHP, greater than 25 MW, and it expanded the definition of renewable energy to include waste heat to power and
“qualified” CHP.

Click here for the slides.
Click here for the presentation recording.

Salvatore (Sam) Rinaldi

Sam is on the membership committee for the Midwest Cogeneration Association. He is a Project Coordinator for the Energy Resources Center (ERC). In this role Sam is responsible for a variety of functions such as: locating funding opportunities, analyzing energy costs, energy billing and collection, preparing public relations materials, and organizing professional workshops. Currently Sam is developing and implementing a targeted outreach program to promote Energy Efficiency in selected market segments. Prior to joining the ERC, Mr. Rinaldi worked on creating, developing, and promoting a variety of companies in Venezuela. He also previously worked as an accountant for several multinational companies including Magnacraft, Maremont, and John Crane. Mr. Rinaldi holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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