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

Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

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Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

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The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

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National offshore wind goal to support 77,000 jobs

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm recently announced an ambitious new 30GW offshore wind deployment target by 2030. The national offshore wind goal is expected to support 77,000 jobs, power 10 million homes, and cut 78 million metric tons in carbon...

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Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

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Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

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