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.
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.
This video was originally posted on the Apprenticeship Community of Practice (http://21stcenturyapprenticeship.workforce3one.org).
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.
GETS is a program that provides free technical training for jobs in energy efficiency and green building industries to displaced construction workers and adults with employment barriers. The GETS program was developed and is implemented by Rising Sun Energy Center, a Berkeley-based 501(c)3 non-profit that began in 1994 as a renewable energy education center. Rising Sun has since evolved into a leading green workforce development and retrofit services organization, partnering with the RichmondBUILD Green Jobs Training Academy to recruit and train area residents for careers in building performance.
Renewable Energy World's Managing Editor, Jennifer Runyon, digs deep in her overview of clean energy training, not only in the U.S., but globally–what’s out there and what to look for. Bottom line: it helps to know what you want to do.
The release notes that Cornell accords this census good marks for methodology. The survey examined employment along the solar value chain, including installation, wholesale trade, manufacturing, utilities and all other fields and includes growth rates and job numbers for 31 separate occupations. Also note the quote from Secretary Solis in the second graph.
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, the agency has developed a two-year draft management plan to advance the development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated land and mining sites. The draft plan describes activities EPA can take to build upon the progress that the initiative has achieved since its launch in September of 2008.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) awarded five Innovation Awards and six Special Recognition Awards at its 2010 Annual Meeting.
John Collins Rudolf with the New York Times blogs about how Nascar will use a 15 percent ethanol blend from Sunoco for its three national touring series.
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.
The Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership (MSESP) is accepting innovative proposals from Minnesota-based businesses and organizations to train Minnesotans for jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. MSESP, which plans to distribute up to $3 million, will consider proposal requests ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. Partnerships and inter-regional collaborations that extend beyond Minnesota are also eligible. Proposals must provide details about training, job placement and related activities in the energy efficient building, construction and retrofit industries; the renewable electric power industry; and the biofuels industry. Proposals that address supporting sectors and suppliers will also be considered. For more information or to download a copy of the request for proposal, click on "view page now"
Thirty school children descended on the Houses of Parliament to compete in the final of the Renewable Energy Challenge run by educational The Smallpeice Trust, with prizes presented by Charles Hendry, Minister for the Department of Energy & Climate Change. The event also saw the launch of the industry report “Securing Tomorrow's Workforce” which highlights the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and training to Britain's future.
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 10th annual report from Clean Edge tracks the growth of renewable energy markets and looks at five trends that will shape investment in wind, solar and biofuels for the coming years. The findings show steady growth over the past decade for all three sectors, with wind and solar averaging 30 and 40 percent growth, respsectively, since the first report in 2000. The combined global revenue for solar, wind and biofuels grew 35.2 percent in 2010, up to $188.1 billion from $139.1 billion in 2009.
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.
The Corps Network has released a new publication that illustrates how to prepare young people for jobs, postsecondary education, and careers in a growing green economy titled, A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected Youth. The paper explores the extent to which this emerging green economy can offer a pathway out of poverty for low-income young people, many of whom have disengaged from school and are struggling to find a way into the economic mainstream.
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."
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.
In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $5 million available this year to assess opportunities to increase power production at up to 40 existing hydropower facilities around the nation. Through this competitive funding opportunity, the Department will work with hydropower professionals to conduct standardized assessments to identify opportunities to increase generation and value at hydropower plants—already the nation's largest source of renewable energy. As much of America's aging hydropower infrastructure is more than 50 years old, this effort could help accelerate the deployment of upgrades at existing hydropower facilities, creating clean energy jobs, supporting our nation's economic competitiveness, and increasing the supply of renewable energy to American families and businesses.
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.
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.