Clean Energy Excellence

The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy is a statewide resource that represents the interests of the energy industry, and our labor partners, within the Washington State Community and Technical College system. We exist to narrow the gap between employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce and the colleges’ ability to supply work-ready graduates. We convene industry and labor to help drive workforce development initiatives — and coordinate community college resources after industry and labor set the direction.

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Future growth in renewable energy depends on well-qualified workers. Learn about the need for a skilled workforce.

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Looking to add clean energy to your STEM, CTE or post-secondary curriculum? View our education resources to get started.

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Interested in exploring a career in clean energy? Learn about dozens of careers, search our job board, and find college programs to get started.

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About the Center

The Center leads a coordinated, strategic approach to clean energy workforce development for the region and works with regional partners to: define energy efficiency jobs, establish skill standards and identify job classifications, and create a regional clearinghouse for energy efficiency job openings.

News & Events

First utility-scale solar project in Idaho

The commercial operation of a utility-scale solar project in Twin Falls County, Idaho, is the state's largest to date. The Jackpot Solar project is Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions' first utility-scale project in the state. The plant will generate enough electricity...

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West coast storms will boost hydropower production

It may be a big year for hydropower on the West coast, due to a series of winter storms. Heavy rain in California in the past several weeks has increased reservoir storage levels at dams across the state that supply hydroelectric power. The extra rain could provide a...

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Clean Energy Institute: Preparing clean energy leaders

The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) at the University of Washington is preparing tomorrow's clean energy leaders. In CEI's multi-disciplinary course, Energy Materials, Devices and Systems (EMDS), students are trained in a range of specialities, where collaboration is...

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DOE announces $42M to fund advanced EV battery projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $42 million in funding for 12 projects to strengthen the domestic supply chain for advanced batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs). The selected projects will develop advanced EV batteries that charge faster, have...

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2022 Global Power must-reads

Read POWER magazine's "most-read news in 2022" on the global electric power generation industry, including projects around the world, policy changes, and research and development. POWER's Global Monitor articles are among their most-read stories, and they have...

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