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.
The Solar Energy Industries Association released an independent study projecting the positive economic impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury Grant Program and the Solar Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit. The study found that extending the TGP by two years and including solar manufacturing in the industry’s existing tax credit would add 200,000 new domestic jobs to the solar workforce and supporting industries in the U.S. Additionally, it would result in 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar installations by 2016 -- enough to power 2 million homes.
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.
Vehicle technology experts from DOE's Clean Cities initiative will host the Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion Webinar on Tuesday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on permitting for electric vehicle infrastructure and training for installers. Featured speakers: •Mike Simpson: National Renewable Energy Laboratory •Bernie Kotlier: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program Preparing communities for the widespread use of electric vehicles involves more than just installing infrastructure. Creating permitting processes that enable easy installation of residential chargers, along with providing training for local electricians, will help your city ensure it is getting EV-ready. On the webinar, Mike Simpson will discuss the Model National Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) permit, a template that cities can use to increase the efficiency of their electrical permitting processes. Bernie Kotlier will describe the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program and how communities can work with them to support local green jobs. Audio for the webinar will be available by phone. Please dial 888-324-8502 and use passcode 3354331. To join the online portion, the webinar, log in at the host website. The conference number is PW5291869 and the passcode is 3354331.
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.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics published today the first in a series of career information pieces related to green jobs. The first report provides readers with an overview of the wind energy industry and its recent growth in the United States, and describes some selected occupations critical to wind power. For jobseekers looking for more information on how they can find work in the wind industry, the report also contains typical education and training backgrounds for workers in these occupations.
October is Disability Awareness Month, so this is the first resource that supports green opportunities and the disabled employee population.
etroit Green Works Solutions has transformed a 6,400-square-foot building located at 2715 Bagley into a job training center. Formerly the headquarters of Disenos Iron Works (which relocated elsewhere in Southwest Detroit) and the Bagley Housing Association (now part of Southwest Housing Solutions), it now houses a classroom, computer lab, displays, a hands-on workspace and offices for the program's six staffers.
Edison International has invested another $1 million in its innovative Green Jobs Education Initiative for green education and job training at California community colleges. The company has provided a total of $2 million for the program within the last 12 months.
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.
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."
As part of President Obama's all-out, all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop electric power generation at existing dams across the United States that aren't currently equipped to produce power. The report estimates that without building a single new dam, these available hydropower resources, if fully developed, could provide an electrical generating capacity of more than 12 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to roughly 15% of current U.S. hydropower capacity. These findings demonstrate one of the ways the nation can diversify its energy portfolio while achieving the Administration's goal of generating 80% of our nation's electricity from clean resources by 2035.
The next Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Webinar will be held Thursday, December 2, at 2pm EST (1pm CST, noon MST, 11am PST, 10am Alaska, 9am Hawaii) on Workforce Development. The seminar will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. There is no fee for this webinar, but you must register to attend. As the solar industry grows, Workforce Development is a dynamic field. In this webinar, you will learn about trends and resources.