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

How nuclear technologies can help provide reliable power

Many utilities have begun exploring the potential of a new generation of nuclear technology to help them meet their clean energy and reliability needs, amid growing consumer demand. New nuclear technologies like small modular reactors (SMR) can help utilities address...

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DOE opens applications for funding to enhance power grids

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $13 billion in new financing opportunities for the expansion and modernization of the nation’s electric grid. The bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Grid Resilience Innovative Partnership (GRIP) program and the...

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Nuclear plants to produce clean hydrogen

In power generation, hydrogen is one of the leading options for storing renewable energy and can be used in gas turbines to increase power system flexibility. Four U.S. nuclear power plants will begin producing hydrogen as a clean energy source. The DOE will be...

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Snohomish PUD completes microgrid and clean energy center

The Snohomish County PUD recently completed its Arlington Microgrid and Clean Energy Center, which utilizes multiple energy storage sources, including utility-scale battery energy storage, residential battery energy storage and vehicle-to-grid charging systems. Its...

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Washington state at forefront in transition to clean energy

Washington state has adopted a suite of aggressive policies to transition to 100% clean power, decarbonize buildings and transportation, and establish a new cap-and-invest program. Recently, it became the first and only state in the nation to require heat pumps in all...

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