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

Coal and freight contributed to surge in 2021 emissions

Pre-pandemic levels of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021 after years of steady decline were due to coal and freight transportation, according to a recent report. The uptick occurred largely due to a 17 percent jump in coal-fired power generation, the first annual...

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Solar to make up half of generating capacity in 2022

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says nearly half of planned capacity additions in 2022 will be solar energy resources. The 21.5 GW of solar expected to come online in 2022 surpasses last year's 15.5 GW. EIA said it expects 46.1 GW of new utility-scale...

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EIA releases short-term energy outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its short-term energy outlook (STEO) on Jan. 11, 2022, the first to include forecasts for 2023. According to the forecast, the total energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 6.2% in 2021 as...

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PNNL onsite and remote internships offered in Summer 2022

Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) is offering Community College Internships. The Summer 2022 internship application is now open, and applications are due Jan. 12, 2022. Fall 2022 applications are due May 26, 2022. The PNNL Summer 2022 internship dates are: May 24...

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