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

The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

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Oregon public power utility to monetize clean fuel credits

The City of Ashland, Oregon, participates in the Oregon Clean Fuels program through its electric utility. The program aims to reduce the CO2 intensity of Oregon's transportation fuels over time. The Ashland City Council approved the monetization of clean fuel credits...

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Avista focuses on serving customers and communities

Avista maintains its focus on health, safety and critical utility operations in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. "We're deeply focused on serving our customers and communities well, and that means doing all we can to fulfill our core purpose, now and into the...

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PSE commits $1M to support community

Puget Sound Energy Foundation and Puget Sound Energy will donate more than a million dollars to organizations and food banks during a challenging time for its customers and communities as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will help community...

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IKEA adds 1M solar panels to its stores

IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure in 2019. It put 1 million solar panels on 370 0f its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. The goal is to be climate positive by 2030. IKEA shows that we have the...

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