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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Workforce

Workforce


What Are Wind Techs, Why Are They So In Demand, and How Do You Become One?

AWEA Blog, Mar. 27, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/wind-techs-demand-become-one/

"The average growth rate for all occupations is seven percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for wind turbine technicians? It’s 108 percent. That means the amount of men and women employed fixing and maintaining wind towers will more than double between 2014 and 2024. There’s no denying it– wind techs are in demand."

EmPOWER Maryland Will Create 68,000 New Jobs and Boost GDP in Maryland

ACEEE Blog, Mar. 6, 2017.
http://aceee.org/press/2017/03/empower-maryland-will-create-68000

"Maryland could gain more than 68,000 new jobs and $3.75 billion in new gross domestic product as a result of investments to be made over the next 10 years through the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The study comes as the Maryland General Assembly debates bipartisan legislation to extend EmPOWER Maryland and establish new statewide energy efficiency goals."

Energy Efficiency Jobs in America: A Comprehensive Analysis of Energy Efficiency Employment Across All 50 states

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) & E4TheFuture, Dec. 2016.
http://www.e2.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/EnergyEfficiencyJobsInAmerica_FINAL.pdf

"This analysis finds that most energy efficiency workers are at small companies with 25 or fewer employees. Forty percent of energy efficiency companies focus on installation, while another 26 percent are in trade and distribution. The remaining firms are in professional services, engineering and research, and other categories. The majority say they depend on the energy efficiency market for at least half of their revenue."

See data by State in Appendix:
Washington - pp. 116-117
Oregon - pp. 96-97
Idaho - pp. 48-49

Solar Ready Vets

Solar Foundation.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-ready-vets/

For Veteran's Day - "Funded by the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Ready Vets provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who are within six months of separation. Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members to be strong candidates for jobs in the growing solar industry."

"Veterans In Energy" Initiative Holds Inaugural National Leadership Summit

PR Newswire, Oct. 14, 2016, by Edison Electric Institute.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/veterans-in-energy-initiative-holds-inaugural-national-leadership-summit-300345027.html

"New Initiative Aims to Support Veterans Working in the Energy Industry."

Retooling America’s Workforce for the Wind Energy Industry

Wind Systems Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Shawn Lamb.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1172/retooling-americas-workforce-for-the-wind-energy-industry

"According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wind turbine technician profession — and opportunities for employment therein — is expected to increase by 108 percent over the next 10 years....the question remains — where will these workers come from?"

National Solar Jobs Census 2015

The Solar Foundation, Jan. 2016.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TSF-2015-National-Solar-Jobs-Census.pdf

"The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual edition of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. Given this industry’s rapid transformation, The Solar Foundation has conducted annual employer surveys of the domestic solar labor force and perspectives on job growth and future opportunities."

New Solar Career Mapping Tool Available


Electrical Contractor, Nov. 2015, by William Atkinson.
http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/new-solar-career-mapping-tool-available%E2%80%A9

"In September, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), announced the introduction of a newer and much more highly interactive Solar Career Map (SCM) tool. IREC is the national administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN).
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Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015)

Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Nov. 6, 2015.
http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-jobs-in-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-2015

"This fact sheet examines employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States and around the world."

Verifying Energy Efficiency Job Creation: Current Practices and Recommendations

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Sep. 2015, by Casey J. Bell, and others.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/f1501.pdf

"Among the many benefits ascribed to energy efficiency is the fact that it can help create jobs. Although this is often used to motivate investments in efficiency programs, verifying job creation benefits is more complicated than it might seem at first. In this paper we identify some of the issues that we believe contribute to a lack of consistency in attempts to verify efficiency-related job creation. We then propose an analytically rigorous and tractable framework for program evaluators to use in future assessments."
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