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.
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.
Center of Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) follow-up report to their Greener Pathways report. The report highlights some of the green programs, skills, and credentials available today. It focuses on the prominent certifications in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
This report provides a baseline assessment of the current state of energy efficiency-related education and training programs and analyzes training and education needs to support expected growth in the energy efficiency services workforce. In the last year, there has been a significant increase in funding for “green job” training and workforce development (including energy efficiency), through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Key segments of the energy efficiency services sector (EESS) have experienced significant growth during the past several years, and this growth is projected to continue and accelerate over the next decade.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) published the "Energy Efficiency Services Sector: Workforce Education and Training Needs”. The report examines the workforce needs of the energy efficiency services sector, and finds that the speed with which employment will grow will depend in part on how effectively the nation deploys training and education programs for the energy efficiency workforce. Berkeley Lab researchers decided to examine whether education and training programs were adequate to meet the workforce needs of the next ten years. The study began in 2008, before the passage of the Recovery Act. The report defines an energy efficiency services sector (EESS) that consists of several distinct types of occupations. They include: * Program administrators who plan and manage energy efficiency projects and programs; * Energy efficiency consulting firms who assess facility energy use and recommend efficiency retrofits, implement energy efficiency programs, or who design homes and facilities to be energy-efficient; * Construction and installation firms and tradespeople who build new, or retrofit existing homes and buildings for energy efficiency; and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) who develop and construct comprehensive energy efficiency projects, and monitor and verify that energy efficiency retrofits deliver energy savings. The report was funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Permitting, Siting and Analysis.
The Association of Energy Engineers's 2010 report of the Green Energy Industry.
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.
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.
This fact sheet was developed by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (ESSI). According to research by Roger Bezdek for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) industries created a total of 8.5 million jobs (direct and indirect) in 2006; 450,000 jobs in RE and 8 million jobs in EE throughout the United States. As many as 1 out of 4 workers in the United States will be working in RE or EE industries by 2030. The 40 million jobs are not just engineering-related, but also include millions of new jobs in manufacturing, construction, accounting, and management.
Greener Pathways outlines a plan of action for state policy makers, highlighting reform opportunities to embrace the greener and more equitable promise of the new energy economy. It was prepared by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, the Workforce Alliance, and the Apollo Alliance.
In September 2007, recognizing the great potential of green economic and infrastructure development, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker asked the Apollo Alliance to engage the community at large and "make Newark a national showcase for clean and efficient energy use, green economic development and job creation, and equitable environmental opportunity." This report was published in January 2009
This video was originally posted on the Apprenticeship Community of Practice (http://21stcenturyapprenticeship.workforce3one.org).
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its annual wind industry market report. The report features new categories; educational training programs; and expanded information on existing categories. Highlights: “To ensure a skilled workforce across the wind energy industry, 205 educational programs now offer a certificate, degree, or coursework related to wind energy. Of these 205 programs, the largest segments are university and college programs (45%) and community colleges or technical school programs (43%).” “Approximately 85,000 people are employed in the wind industry today and hold jobs in areas as varied as turbine component manufacturing, construction and installation of wind turbines, wind turbine operations and maintenance, legal and marketing services, transportation and logistical services, and more.”
U.S. Department of Energy announced a total of 54 smart grid workforce training programs. - 33 projects have been selected to receive $41.6 million in Recovery Act funds for the development of new training programs, strategies and curricula related to the electric power sector and the smart grid. - 21 projects have been selected to receive $57.7 million in Recovery Act funds to conduct workforce training programs for new hires.
Clean Edge launched its annual Clean Energy Trends 2010 report. HIGHLIGHTS: - In 2009, combined global revenue for the three major clean-energy sectors – solar photovoltaics (PV), wind power, and biofuels – grew by 11.4 percent over 2008, reaching $139.1 billion. These three sectors are expected to reach $325.9 billion by 2019. - The global solar PV and wind power industries together currently account for a total of more than 830,000 jobs worldwide. By 2019, global industry growth will push the total to more than 3.3 million jobs.
National Administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network - up to $4.5 million over five years This funding opportunity will select a National Administrator that will act as a central coordinating body for the Training Network. The Network was created in 2009, by the Department of Energy to establish high-quality, local and accessible training for personnel involved in the sales, design, installation, commissioning and inspection of solar photovoltaic and solar heating and cooling systems. Awards were made to nine regional resource and training providers. The National Administrator will manage the collaboration of the Training Network members, disseminating their products and conducting other outreach efforts such as providing recommendations for the adoption of best practices. The selected organization will also serve as a national point of contact for the Training Network and will work with a broad set of stakeholders to define, prioritize and address issues related to solar training and workforce development. Applications are due June 15, 2010. For more information on this Funding Opportunity Announcements go to http://www1.eere.energy.gov/financing/solicitations_detail.html?sol_id=329
In an effort to create a greener and more energy efficient state, Colorado has committed over $5 million to prepare its workforce for green industry careers. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and administered through the US Department of Labor, the Colorado State Energy Sector Partnership will work with local workforce investment boards, businesses, and Everblue Training Institute to catalyze job growth and awareness in the green energy sector.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA), Chicago Office, is seeking proposals for workshops at Heartland 2011 to be held March 30-April 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The proposal submission deadline is November 19, 2010, click "view page now" for more information.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu posts a blog about the celebration of National Weatherization Day. There's a good video link about a local weatherization program and it's impact.
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a coalition of American businesses from the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and natural gas industries, released today Clean Energy: Fueling Sustainable Global Growth, its policy framework for COP-16/CMP-6. Acknowledging the procedural and substantive challenges facing the negotiations, the framework highlights the current role played by existing clean energy technologies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy security, and driving sustainable economic growth in developed and developing countries alike. Concrete, constructive outcomes are possible in Canc?n, argues Clean Energy: Fueling Sustainable Growth. Through case studies from around the world, the framework also demonstrates that the global clean energy business community stands ready—and, in fact, is already moving forward—to provide the technology solutions that will grow economies and reduce emissions under a balanced, workable international framework.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.