On March 17, 2011, The Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy released the California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response. The study was mandated in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic plan to provide recommendations to the CPUC and other agencies on the workforce strategies needed to achieve the state’s ambitious energy efficiency goals.
Green Jobs/Green Homes NY is a policy roadmap for New York State to achieve mass-scale energy-efficiency improvements—or retrofits—of 1 million housing units over the next five years. The plan involves the creation of tens of thousands of new clean-energy jobs in home energy efficiency by leveraging private capital for revitalization and development efforts.
As part of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy to help American families and businesses reduce their energy costs, the Energy Department has launched the Utility Data Access Map tool, an interactive Web platform that enables electric utilities across the country to show customers, in a simple way, the data they can access on their electricity use. Currently, DOE has received responses from more than 500 participating utilities.
The UCLA Construction Academy has recently published a book, Beyond Jobs, Building Lasting Opportunities in Energy Efficiency, a project of the UCLA Labor Center.
Today, as President Obama went to Ohio State University to discuss the Administration's all-out, all-of-the-above strategy for American energy, the White House announced up to $35 million over three years to support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products. The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)—a joint program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Energy Department (DOE)—will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products that can help replace the need for gasoline and diesel in vehicles and diversify our energy portfolio. Today's announcement to invest in advanced biofuels supports President Obama's blueprint for an economy fueled by homegrown, alternative energy sources designed and produced by American workers. These investments will help cut America's oil imports, develop clean alternative energy technologies, and protect American families and businesses from the ups and downs of the global oil market.
The U.S. Department of Energy today released the 2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry report detailing U.S. biomass feedstock potential nationwide. The report examines the nation's capacity to produce a billion dry tons of biomass resources annually for energy uses without impacting other vital U.S. farm and forest products, such as food, feed, and fiber crops. The study provides industry, policymakers, and the agricultural community with county-level data and includes analyses of current U.S. feedstock capacity and the potential for growth in crops and agricultural products for clean energy applications. The biomass resources identified in the report could be used to produce clean, renewable biofuels, biopower, or bioproducts. For example, with continued developments in biorefinery capacity and technology, the feedstock resources identified could produce about 85 billion gallons of biofuels – enough to replace approximately 30% of the nation's current petroleum consumption. This data will be used by both the public and private sector to grow the bioenergy industry and help achieve President Obama's goals of dramatically expanding renewable energy resources and developing alternative fuels for America's transportation sector. "Developing the next generation of American biofuels and bioenergy will help diversify our energy portfolio, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and produce new clean energy jobs," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "This study identifies resources here at home that can help grow America's bioenergy industry and support new economic opportunities for rural America."
Last year SJF Institute and Green For All together launched the Green Jobs Award Program to identify, recognize, and promote private companies in the U.S. that are leaders in quality green job creation. The program, developed with support from the Citi Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, celebrates privately-held businesses making valuable contributions to both the economy and the environment. The application process was open to private companies with at least $500,000 in revenue, and with a business model that preserves or enhances environment quality. Applicants were judged on their environmental contribution, quality of jobs and benefits, the diversity of employment opportunities, and their level of community engagement.
Video by Pauline Vernon South Energy Training Consortium Energy Training Partnership Grant
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has created a searchable on-line directory of university and training providers for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Whether you are interested in joining the expanding renewable energy workforce or simply want to expand your knowledge, you can find a program here that meets your needs. Universities across the country are adding courses and developing programs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The University Courses directory includes information on four-year universities offering undergraduate and graduate courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency. If you are looking for programs that are less than four years, workshops, or hands-on training, visit the companion directory of training providers for renewable energy training courses.
As part of the Obama Administration's Startup America Initiative, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge, which will give start-up companies the opportunity to license groundbreaking technologies developed by the National Laboratories for $1,000 and build successful businesses. As part of this effort, the Department is reducing both the cost and paperwork requirements for start-up companies to obtain an option agreement to license some of the 15,000 patents and patent applications held by our 17 National Laboratories.
Last week at Lansing Community College- West Campus, 90 participants from across the state of Michigan participated in the first Greenforce Initiative summit. With 15 community colleges represented, state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations and small-to- large green businesses the excitement in the room was hardly contained.
The 4th National Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference will be held in Saratoga Springs, New York from March 8-10, 2011. The 2011 primary conference sponsor is the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is the primary organizer.
Written by Greg Lucas who states: "Change one letter in Gordon Gecko’s infamous credo and it becomes the mantra of Democratic policymakers from President Obama to Gov. Jerry Brown and the majorities of the state Senate and Assembly: Green is good. In their eyes, it’s very, very good. Perhaps too good."
This study estimates net employment and wage impacts of U.S. appliance, equipment, lighting efficiency standards. These standards are a key part of the U.S. energy policy and their contributions to energy and economic savings for the consumer is well documented by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In this paper, the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management look at state regulations and incentives for energy efficiency that are working today in leading states to accelerate demand for energy efficiency services, businesses, and ultimately jobs.
Victor Nazario is a New York City building superintendent who graduated from the 32BJ Training Fund’s 1,000 Green Supers program. Click here to learn about Victor’s path to a green job.
In 2009 and 2010, ATEEC facilitated a series of seven regional Energy Conversations. The primary purpose of the conversations was to obtain a snapshot view of existing and upcoming energy jobs and to determine which jobs are currently needed in different regions of the country, including the Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, and West. The resulting report on these Energy Conversations is intended to provide a preliminary labor market analysis and needs assessment. This information allows educational organizations to most effectively target regional energy industry requirements and to provide both short-and long-term education and training for the energy technicians of the 21st century workforce.
The 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund is training building superintendents in New York City to operate and maintain their buildings in the most energy efficient way possible. Click here to learn more about this program, and how their labor-management partnership is helping upskill an entire industry for a green 21st century.
This sample flyer was developed by The Workforce Development Council of Seattle King-County to recruit potential participants for their POP grant, inform them of the eligibility requirements, and discuss the training and employment options available. Translation is provided in Spanish, Amharic, Khmer, Vietnamese.