U.S. Announces $1.3 Million for Clean Energy Workforce Training

As part of the president's blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Energy Department and the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program have announced up to $1.3 million for training programs to provide professionals with critical skills needed to optimize energy efficiency, reduce waste and save money. By offering valuable workforce training, these programs will help to reach the Better Buildings Initiative goal of improving energy efficiency nationwide in commercial and industrial buildings by 20% by 2020, reducing energy costs by nearly $40 billion and creating American jobs.

The funding will support training centers targeted at improving energy performance in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants. To compete for the funding, universities, community and technical colleges, and trade associations will partner with NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers to create robust building efficiency training programs that leverage MEP's efforts to help businesses create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. Training will be tailored to building operators, building managers and energy service providers and will provide energy performance solutions that can save businesses 5 to 20 percent on their energy bills.

"Everywhere I go, across the country, CEOs and business leaders tell me that one of their chief concerns is having the highly skilled workers they need to power their companies. They believe, and this administration believes, that a globally competitive economy requires a globally competitive workforce, and that begins with by funding training programs like these," said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. "Simply put, training is the key to helping American workers meet the demands of our rapidly changing 21st century economy."

Applications are due on March 30, 2012. For detailed information and application requirements, see this entry.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

Learn more about the Energy Department's support of Energy Education and Workforce Development on the Education and Workforce Development website.

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