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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


Verifying Energy Efficiency Job Creation: Current Practices and Recommendations

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Sep. 2015, by Casey J. Bell, and others.

"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."

In Nevada and Beyond, Energy Efficiency Means More Jobs, Less Carbon

Huffington Post "The Blog", Aug. 25, 2015, by Nicole Lederer.

"Consider for a moment the 6,000 positions Tesla expects to fill near Reno at a massive factory for advanced batteries - a major announcement that helped propel Nevada to the top spot nationwide in a major 2014 clean energy jobs report. Or the jobs installing and maintaining a nearly 30-megawatt solar array at Nellis Air Force Base south of downtown Vegas. Or the thousands of workers it will take to retrofit Nevada's schools, businesses, casinos, homes and apartments to make them all use energy smarter via energy efficiency."

New Program Preps Northwest College Students for Careers in Energy

Northwest Public Power Association Bulleting, June 2015, by Joel Scruggs. [Scroll to page 12.]

"Attracting new talent is a key challenge facing the utility industry.... So the Bonneville Power Administration [BPA] has rolled out a new program designed to get more young people engaged. 'We’re giving students an opportunity to explore solutions to real-world technical challenges in the electric utility industry,' said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. The program, known as the Northwest Energy Experience (NW Energy XP), pairs teams of university students and faculty across various disciplines with BPA subject matter experts in special study projects."

Solar Ready Vets: Preparing Our Veterans to Join the Growing Solar Workforce

U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 6, 2015.

"...the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense joined forces to create the Solar Ready Vets program, which provides training to help military personnel translate and build on their skill sets and transition to careers in this thriving renewable energy field.."

Three Military Bases Partner with Energy Department to Train Veterans for Solar Jobs

U.S. DOE News, Feb. 2015.

"This pilot program is enabled by the Department of Defense’s SkillBridge initiative, which allows exiting military personnel to pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships and internships up to six months prior to their separation date. Service members who graduate from the DOE’s solar training program will gain the skills to size and install solar panels, safely connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes."

How Utilities Can Get In On the Solar Job Bonanza

Utility Dive, Jan. 28, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.

"Despite solar providing 1.3% of all new U.S. jobs in 2014, being the single biggest new U.S. jobs creator, and doubling its installation sector since 2010, utilities seem to be uncertain about getting involved in it."

National Solar Job Census 2014

The Solar Foundation, Jan. 2015.

"The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2014 is the fifth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. This year’s Census found that the industry continues to exceed growth expectations, adding workers1 at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy and accounting for 1.3% of all jobs created in the U.S. over the past year. Our long-term research shows that solar industry employment has grown by 86% in the past five years, resulting in nearly 80,000 domestic living-wage jobs."

Growth in Employees and Demand for Green Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.

"Between 2010 and 2011, the percent of construction employees working in green construction and services jumped from 7.0 to 8.9 percent, according to data recently released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Case Study: KVCC Wind Turbine Technician Academy

Wind Systems Magazine, Jul. 2014.

"In 2008, as U.S. wind energy began its trend of exponential growth, Kalamazoo Valley Community College recognized the need for an industry-responsive education program that would rapidly produce highly trained wind workforce."

Installer Productivity Booms [Solar]

Solar Today, Jul/Aug 2014, by Seth Masia.

"Driven by better racking and grounding, more efficient modules and 'dense' sales strategies, labor productivity soared 253 percent in four years."
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