September 22, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $300,000 for Clean Energy Innovation in the Midwest


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $299,703 in federal funding today to Chicago’s Clean Energy Trust (CET). With this investment, CET will be able to help close the funding gap in the clean technology space by supporting new companies in raising additional resources. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build to Scale Program, which supports technology-based economic development initiatives. Duckworth is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works.

“Not only is clean energy a driver of economic and environmental improvements in Illinois, it’s the future and we need to continue investing in programs and companies that are leading the way,” Duckworth said. “By supporting research and technology in this industry, we can create jobs, fight climate change and secure Illinois’s place as a global leader. I’ll keep working with Senator Durbin to ensure Illinois has the federal resources needed to continue advancing clean energy technology.”

“We can combat climate change and spur economic growth in our communities at the same time,” Durbin said. “Today’s funding will help Chicago’s clean energy companies leverage new investments to help build a foundation for innovation and success. Senator Duckworth and I will continue advocating for federal funding that addresses environmental challenges and creates jobs.”