Recorded Tuesday, April 27, 2010 · 1pm
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Three Midwestern states have been awarded $50 million under the recovery act to train a clean energy workforce. Federal, state and community programs will create unprecedented demand for energy efficiency in the short term. New requirements to achieve significant energy reduction goals will sustain opportunity over the long term in the energy efficiency sector.
The energy efficiency industry wants to scale up to meet the demand. Workforce development professionals want to get people back to work in good jobs. What do we need to do to make sure we capture the opportunities for both?
Energy efficiency program planners and workforce development organizations need to understand:
- What the specific drivers are for more jobs in the energy efficiency sector.
- What these jobs will be, and what competencies and certifications workers will be required to have.
- Where the biggest gaps are between demand for workers and adequate workforce capacity.
- What training and workforce development is underway now, and what more needs to be done.
- What program planners can do to make sure we realize the job creation and energy savings opportunities.
We have been conducting on-going analysis of workforce development, training and energy efficiency program developments in the Midwest. This webinar provides more specific information to program planners so that they can prepare for the boom—and the workforce capacity challenges—ahead.
This webinar includes:
- A summary of key state, local and federal energy efficiency program developments that will drive a need for qualified workers
- An analysis of U.S. Department of Labor "Green Jobs" training awards in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, and their alignment with energy efficiency program needs
- Recommendations for workforce and energy efficiency program managers
Who should watch?
This program is designed for energy efficiency program managers, workforce development professionals, community planners, economic development professionals, municipal employees and local elected officials, residential contractors and consultants, legislators and regulators, and advocates and professionals in the energy field.
- United States Recovery Act website
- Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Operator Certification Training
- Energy Center of Wisconsin's On-Demand Webcast: Energy Efficiency's Great Potential
- American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
- New York Times article on domestic manufacturing
- Lawrence Berkeley National Labs report: Energy Efficiency Services Sector: Workforce Education and Training Needs (pdf)
- McKinsey study: Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy (pdf)
- Energy Center of Wisconsin residential characterization: Energy and Housing in Wisconsin: A Study of Single-Family Owner-Occupied Homes
- Home Star Coalition
- Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) report: Greener Skills: How Credentials Create Value in the Clean Energy Economy (pdf)