Clean Energy Blog

We’ve gathered the latest news, industry reports, and job opportunities for the clean energy industry.

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

read more

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

read more

Coal plant to close, transition to wind energy

Great River Energy, a North Dakota electric power supplier which operates as a not-for-profit cooperative, is aiming to purchase over 1,100 MW from new wind energy projects by late 2023, an investment of more than $1.2 billion. It also plans to modify a coal and...

read more

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

Economic stimulus packages will help renewable energy sector

The clean energy sector has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for the last ten years, employing 3.4 million farmers, electricians, manufacturers, scientific personnel, and more — serving a wide variety of industries throughout supply...

read more

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

read more

Wind is largest single source of electricity in Iowa

According to the trade association's Wind Powers America 2019 Annual Report, Iowa is now generating more than 10,000 megawatts of wind energy, accounting for more than 40% of the state's electricity. Wind became the leading source of electricity in both Iowa and...

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Wind power plant shuts down amid virus outbreak

An outbreak of Covid-19 at a wind power facility in North Dakota has forced it to temporarily close, the latest example of how the pandemic is impacting the renewable energy sector. The North Dakota Department of Health said there were 110 confirmed cases of...

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Wind power: Airfoils instead of turbines?

A new device could open more areas to wind production by using stationary airfoils instead of twirling turbines. Past efforts to scale down the towering turbines that generate wind power to something that might sit on a home have been plagued by too many technical...

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New solar panel sets record for efficiency

A new kind of solar technology has set a world record for the most efficient generation of energy by a solar cell. By stacking six different photoactive layers, the record-setting multi-junction cell has reached nearly 50 percent efficiency in the lab and nearly 40...

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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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

read more

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

read more

Coal plant to close, transition to wind energy

Great River Energy, a North Dakota electric power supplier which operates as a not-for-profit cooperative, is aiming to purchase over 1,100 MW from new wind energy projects by late 2023, an investment of more than $1.2 billion. It also plans to modify a coal and...

read more

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

Economic stimulus packages will help renewable energy sector

The clean energy sector has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for the last ten years, employing 3.4 million farmers, electricians, manufacturers, scientific personnel, and more — serving a wide variety of industries throughout supply...

read more

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

read more

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...

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...

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...

Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

Public Power Forward Summit, Nov. 2019

The Pubic Power Forward Summit, held Nov. 21-22, in Nashville, is hosted by the American Public Power Association. The summit provides the opportunity for industry partners, strategic thinkers, and subject matter experts to discover new industry trends, technologies,...

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WA State and PSCAA moving forward on clean fuels policy

Developments in clean fuels policy is moving forward in Washington State with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). This week's clean air conference included discussion on regional health impacts and prospects for statewide policy in 2020. PSCAA’s work will spur...

read more

HydroVision International, June 26-28

The world's largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies...

read more

Hiring for Hydro

Hiring for Hydro is a recruiting and educational event for new workforce entrants in the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students, educators, hydro companies and their recruiters meet to network and recruit a future workforce. This year's event takes...

read more

Annual Best Practices Summit agenda now available!

On behalf of the Washington Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence, we are pleased to share the full Program Agenda for the 12th Annual Best Practices Summit on June 1 and 2 in the new Centralia College TransAlta Commons building. We have an exciting...

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Hydropower and STEM Career Academy, June 19-23

Attention High School Students! Meet and engage in hands-on activities with mechanical and electrical engineers, plant mechanics and operators, divers, and linemen! Now is the time to apply for the week-long Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE) Hydropower...

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2017 Best Practices Summit

Please hold the dates for the 2017 Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit, June 1 & 2, at Centralia College in our new TransAlta Commons. This year's theme is "Solutions for a Multi-Generational Workforce," with keynote speaker Mark Taylor, an...

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Register Now: Energy Job Seeker Workshop, April 7-8

The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE) is hosting a Job Seekers Workshop for Energy Technology, Electronics, Robotics, and Automation Students and Graduates featuring an interview panel of local utilities representatives. Register at the...

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Read More: Washington Centers of Excellence Newsletter

Welcome to the Washington Centers of Excellence newsletter. Our mission is to serve as the statewide liaisons to business, industry, labor and the state’s educational systems for the purpose of creating a highly skilled and readily available workforce critical to the...

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FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Public Power Forward Summit, Nov. 2019

The Pubic Power Forward Summit, held Nov. 21-22, in Nashville, is hosted by the American Public Power Association. The summit provides the opportunity for industry partners, strategic thinkers, and subject matter experts to discover new industry trends, technologies,...

WA State and PSCAA moving forward on clean fuels policy

Developments in clean fuels policy is moving forward in Washington State with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). This week's clean air conference included discussion on regional health impacts and prospects for statewide policy in 2020. PSCAA’s work will spur...

HydroVision International, June 26-28

The world's largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies...

Hiring for Hydro

Hiring for Hydro is a recruiting and educational event for new workforce entrants in the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students, educators, hydro companies and their recruiters meet to network and recruit a future workforce. This year's event takes...

Annual Best Practices Summit agenda now available!

On behalf of the Washington Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence, we are pleased to share the full Program Agenda for the 12th Annual Best Practices Summit on June 1 and 2 in the new Centralia College TransAlta Commons building. We have an exciting...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Public Power Forward Summit, Nov. 2019

The Pubic Power Forward Summit, held Nov. 21-22, in Nashville, is hosted by the American Public Power Association. The summit provides the opportunity for industry partners, strategic thinkers, and subject matter experts to discover new industry trends, technologies,...

WA State and PSCAA moving forward on clean fuels policy

Developments in clean fuels policy is moving forward in Washington State with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). This week's clean air conference included discussion on regional health impacts and prospects for statewide policy in 2020. PSCAA’s work will spur...

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...

read more

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...

read more

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

read more

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

Economic stimulus packages will help renewable energy sector

The clean energy sector has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for the last ten years, employing 3.4 million farmers, electricians, manufacturers, scientific personnel, and more — serving a wide variety of industries throughout supply...

read more

Public Power COVID-19 Information Hub

Through virtual forums and events, the American Public Power Association (APPA) has been engaging public power leaders to discuss COVID-19 actions being taken on the local and regional levels. APPA reports on government relations and policy activities, as well as...

read more

Guide to governors on supporting energy sector during pandemic

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has prepared a memo that provides guidance to governors on how they can best support and protect the energy industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 25 memo highlights three areas governors should consider to ensure...

read more

Centralia tests transition from coal plant closure

The TransAlta coal plant in Centralia will fully close down by 2025, as part of an agreement that will see $55 million invested to help the community prepare for the transition. The Centralia agreement is an example of an unusually well-funded, long-planned...

read more

Hydrogen: A green and sustainable energy source?

Hydrogen could be a feasible alternative to fossil fuels because of its affordability and environmental friendliness. It is found throughout the environment, but producing it involves efficiently separating it from other compounds. There are currently a number of ways...

read more

Free tips on applying for DEED grants & scholarships

The 2020 DEED grant and scholarship cycle is open through February 15. DEED will host a free webinar on January 14, 2020, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to provide answers to your questions about DEED grants and scholarships. For more information about DEED scholarships, visit...

read more

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

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...

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...

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

Economic stimulus packages will help renewable energy sector

The clean energy sector has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for the last ten years, employing 3.4 million farmers, electricians, manufacturers, scientific personnel, and more — serving a wide variety of industries throughout supply...

Public Power COVID-19 Information Hub

Through virtual forums and events, the American Public Power Association (APPA) has been engaging public power leaders to discuss COVID-19 actions being taken on the local and regional levels. APPA reports on government relations and policy activities, as well as...

Guide to governors on supporting energy sector during pandemic

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has prepared a memo that provides guidance to governors on how they can best support and protect the energy industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 25 memo highlights three areas governors should consider to ensure...

Centralia tests transition from coal plant closure

The TransAlta coal plant in Centralia will fully close down by 2025, as part of an agreement that will see $55 million invested to help the community prepare for the transition. The Centralia agreement is an example of an unusually well-funded, long-planned...

Hydrogen: A green and sustainable energy source?

Hydrogen could be a feasible alternative to fossil fuels because of its affordability and environmental friendliness. It is found throughout the environment, but producing it involves efficiently separating it from other compounds. There are currently a number of ways...

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...

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...

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

Free tips on applying for DEED grants & scholarships

The 2020 DEED grant and scholarship cycle is open through February 15. DEED will host a free webinar on January 14, 2020, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to provide answers to your questions about DEED grants and scholarships. For more information about DEED scholarships, visit...

read more

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

Free tips on applying for DEED grants & scholarships

The 2020 DEED grant and scholarship cycle is open through February 15. DEED will host a free webinar on January 14, 2020, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to provide answers to your questions about DEED grants and scholarships. For more information about DEED scholarships, visit...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Pursuing an energy career? DEED scholarship application opens Dec. 1

The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development (DEED) program funds research, pilot projects, and education to improve the operations and services of public power utilities. The DEED Program offers four types of funding for...

Free tips on applying for DEED grants & scholarships

The 2020 DEED grant and scholarship cycle is open through February 15. DEED will host a free webinar on January 14, 2020, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to provide answers to your questions about DEED grants and scholarships. For more information about DEED scholarships, visit...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Pursuing an energy career? DEED scholarship application opens Dec. 1

The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development (DEED) program funds research, pilot projects, and education to improve the operations and services of public power utilities. The DEED Program offers four types of funding for...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

Apply for jobs in the energy industry!

For a current list of energy jobs in Washington, go to: Get Into Energy - Washington Jobs. For a listing of jobs by state, and to search and apply for energy jobs, visit the Get Into Energy jobs site.

read more

Search for Public Power jobs

Did you know you can search for jobs by state on the American Public Power Association website? Here are current job listings for Washington. Try your search at: jobs.publicpower.org/jobs

read more

PNCECE Director position open

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE) at Centralia College. Priority applications must be submitted no later than July 30, 2019. Centers of Excellence are guided by industry...

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BPA to open apprentice jobs in May 2019

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will post job vacancy announcements May 6-21, 2019, for Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electricians, and Apprentice Substation Operators. The vacancies will be merit promotion announcements, so military veterans qualify as do...

read more

HydroVision International, June 26-28

The world's largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies...

read more

PSE’s Pathway to Apprenticeship opportunities

If you are looking for a hands-on job that may lead into an exciting and rewarding career in the electrical trades, PSE’s Pathway to Apprenticeship could be the right move for you! Puget Sound Energy is seeking people interested in qualifying for future Pathway to...

read more

Hiring for Hydro

Hiring for Hydro is a recruiting and educational event for new workforce entrants in the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students, educators, hydro companies and their recruiters meet to network and recruit a future workforce. This year's event takes...

read more

BPA apprentice positions open

Entry level jobs available within the electric power trades. Military vets encouraged to apply. Apprentice vacancies for Electrician, Lineman, and Substation Operator have been announced at Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). These positions are open to apply from...

read more

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Apply for jobs in the energy industry!

For a current list of energy jobs in Washington, go to: Get Into Energy - Washington Jobs. For a listing of jobs by state, and to search and apply for energy jobs, visit the Get Into Energy jobs site.

Search for Public Power jobs

Did you know you can search for jobs by state on the American Public Power Association website? Here are current job listings for Washington. Try your search at: jobs.publicpower.org/jobs

PNCECE Director position open

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE) at Centralia College. Priority applications must be submitted no later than July 30, 2019. Centers of Excellence are guided by industry...

BPA to open apprentice jobs in May 2019

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will post job vacancy announcements May 6-21, 2019, for Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electricians, and Apprentice Substation Operators. The vacancies will be merit promotion announcements, so military veterans qualify as do...

HydroVision International, June 26-28

The world's largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies...

PSE’s Pathway to Apprenticeship opportunities

If you are looking for a hands-on job that may lead into an exciting and rewarding career in the electrical trades, PSE’s Pathway to Apprenticeship could be the right move for you! Puget Sound Energy is seeking people interested in qualifying for future Pathway to...

Hiring for Hydro

Hiring for Hydro is a recruiting and educational event for new workforce entrants in the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students, educators, hydro companies and their recruiters meet to network and recruit a future workforce. This year's event takes...

BPA apprentice positions open

Entry level jobs available within the electric power trades. Military vets encouraged to apply. Apprentice vacancies for Electrician, Lineman, and Substation Operator have been announced at Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). These positions are open to apply from...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Apply for jobs in the energy industry!

For a current list of energy jobs in Washington, go to: Get Into Energy - Washington Jobs. For a listing of jobs by state, and to search and apply for energy jobs, visit the Get Into Energy jobs site.

Search for Public Power jobs

Did you know you can search for jobs by state on the American Public Power Association website? Here are current job listings for Washington. Try your search at: jobs.publicpower.org/jobs

PNCECE Director position open

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE) at Centralia College. Priority applications must be submitted no later than July 30, 2019. Centers of Excellence are guided by industry...

BPA to open apprentice jobs in May 2019

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will post job vacancy announcements May 6-21, 2019, for Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electricians, and Apprentice Substation Operators. The vacancies will be merit promotion announcements, so military veterans qualify as do...

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

read more

Wind surpasses hydro as most used renewable

Wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country, a position previously held by hydroelectricity. Annual wind generation totaled 300 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2019, exceeding hydroelectric generation by 26 million MWh. Wind generation...

read more

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

Wind surpasses hydro as most used renewable

Wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country, a position previously held by hydroelectricity. Annual wind generation totaled 300 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2019, exceeding hydroelectric generation by 26 million MWh. Wind generation...

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

Wind surpasses hydro as most used renewable

Wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country, a position previously held by hydroelectricity. Annual wind generation totaled 300 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2019, exceeding hydroelectric generation by 26 million MWh. Wind generation...

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...

read more

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...

read more

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

read more

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

Economic stimulus packages will help renewable energy sector

The clean energy sector has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for the last ten years, employing 3.4 million farmers, electricians, manufacturers, scientific personnel, and more — serving a wide variety of industries throughout supply...

read more

Public Power COVID-19 Information Hub

Through virtual forums and events, the American Public Power Association (APPA) has been engaging public power leaders to discuss COVID-19 actions being taken on the local and regional levels. APPA reports on government relations and policy activities, as well as...

read more

Guide to governors on supporting energy sector during pandemic

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has prepared a memo that provides guidance to governors on how they can best support and protect the energy industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 25 memo highlights three areas governors should consider to ensure...

read more

Centralia tests transition from coal plant closure

The TransAlta coal plant in Centralia will fully close down by 2025, as part of an agreement that will see $55 million invested to help the community prepare for the transition. The Centralia agreement is an example of an unusually well-funded, long-planned...

read more

Hydrogen: A green and sustainable energy source?

Hydrogen could be a feasible alternative to fossil fuels because of its affordability and environmental friendliness. It is found throughout the environment, but producing it involves efficiently separating it from other compounds. There are currently a number of ways...

read more

Free tips on applying for DEED grants & scholarships

The 2020 DEED grant and scholarship cycle is open through February 15. DEED will host a free webinar on January 14, 2020, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to provide answers to your questions about DEED grants and scholarships. For more information about DEED scholarships, visit...

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Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

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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...

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...

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

Economic stimulus packages will help renewable energy sector

The clean energy sector has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for the last ten years, employing 3.4 million farmers, electricians, manufacturers, scientific personnel, and more — serving a wide variety of industries throughout supply...

Public Power COVID-19 Information Hub

Through virtual forums and events, the American Public Power Association (APPA) has been engaging public power leaders to discuss COVID-19 actions being taken on the local and regional levels. APPA reports on government relations and policy activities, as well as...

Guide to governors on supporting energy sector during pandemic

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has prepared a memo that provides guidance to governors on how they can best support and protect the energy industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 25 memo highlights three areas governors should consider to ensure...

Centralia tests transition from coal plant closure

The TransAlta coal plant in Centralia will fully close down by 2025, as part of an agreement that will see $55 million invested to help the community prepare for the transition. The Centralia agreement is an example of an unusually well-funded, long-planned...

Hydrogen: A green and sustainable energy source?

Hydrogen could be a feasible alternative to fossil fuels because of its affordability and environmental friendliness. It is found throughout the environment, but producing it involves efficiently separating it from other compounds. There are currently a number of ways...

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...

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...

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

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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Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

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$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

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New solar panel sets record for efficiency

A new kind of solar technology has set a world record for the most efficient generation of energy by a solar cell. By stacking six different photoactive layers, the record-setting multi-junction cell has reached nearly 50 percent efficiency in the lab and nearly 40...

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New bill to help WA ranchers losing land to solar farms

Washington ranchers, farmers and state agencies are learning that certain land features make them ideal for renewable energy projects. Ranchers are losing land to solar farms, but help is on the way. Leases canceled from the Department of Natural Resources are hurting...

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New solar cells reach an efficiency record

New designs for perovskite-silicon solar cells have reached a conversion efficiency of 27.7 percent. The use of solar photovoltaic cells as a renewable energy source is booming, as the technology becomes more efficient and less expensive. Stacking perovskite solar...

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Solar project to benefit low-income communities

An innovative solar project in Toledo, Ohio, will do triple duty when it’s completed this spring. It will provide renewable power to a nearby axle factory. It will use otherwise unproductive land. And hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of the project’s...

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Solar panels that generate electricity at night?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis explain in a recent paper, published in the journal ACS Photonics, that if you want to create a solar panel that generates electricity at night, you have to create one that operates the exact opposite way solar...

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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...

Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

New solar panel sets record for efficiency

A new kind of solar technology has set a world record for the most efficient generation of energy by a solar cell. By stacking six different photoactive layers, the record-setting multi-junction cell has reached nearly 50 percent efficiency in the lab and nearly 40...

New bill to help WA ranchers losing land to solar farms

Washington ranchers, farmers and state agencies are learning that certain land features make them ideal for renewable energy projects. Ranchers are losing land to solar farms, but help is on the way. Leases canceled from the Department of Natural Resources are hurting...

New solar cells reach an efficiency record

New designs for perovskite-silicon solar cells have reached a conversion efficiency of 27.7 percent. The use of solar photovoltaic cells as a renewable energy source is booming, as the technology becomes more efficient and less expensive. Stacking perovskite solar...

Solar project to benefit low-income communities

An innovative solar project in Toledo, Ohio, will do triple duty when it’s completed this spring. It will provide renewable power to a nearby axle factory. It will use otherwise unproductive land. And hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of the project’s...

Solar panels that generate electricity at night?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis explain in a recent paper, published in the journal ACS Photonics, that if you want to create a solar panel that generates electricity at night, you have to create one that operates the exact opposite way solar...

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...

Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

New solar panel sets record for efficiency

A new kind of solar technology has set a world record for the most efficient generation of energy by a solar cell. By stacking six different photoactive layers, the record-setting multi-junction cell has reached nearly 50 percent efficiency in the lab and nearly 40...

New bill to help WA ranchers losing land to solar farms

Washington ranchers, farmers and state agencies are learning that certain land features make them ideal for renewable energy projects. Ranchers are losing land to solar farms, but help is on the way. Leases canceled from the Department of Natural Resources are hurting...

Spring 2015 Smart Energy Newsletter

$10-million U.S. Dept. of Labor TAACCCT grant led by state’s top industries A dynamic consortium guided by three of the state’s leading industries – energy, advanced manufacturing and construction – with support from organized labor, workforce development and eight...

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2009 Renewable Energy Trends Report

The renewable energy industry globally, nationally, and in Washington State is in the midst of tremendous change. Significant growth in the renewable energy sector has occurred in recent years, and forecasts show that this trend is likely to continue. Forty-eight...

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Solar panels that generate electricity at night?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis explain in a recent paper, published in the journal ACS Photonics, that if you want to create a solar panel that generates electricity at night, you have to create one that operates the exact opposite way solar...

Hydropower utilization in Washington and the U.S.

For more than 100 years, hydropower has translated energy from falling water into electricity at an efficiency rate that exceeds 90% on many projects. Hydro also provides more of the services necessary for reliability than any other resource, including operating...

Washington State leads nation in energy efficiency jobs

Energy jobs in Washington State comprise 2.8 percent of the entire country's energy efficiency workforce, making it the leading state in the country in energy efficiency jobs, according to the latest U.S. Energy and Employment report. Explore the full report and the...

2018 Year in Review: Partnerships & Milestones

Last year was a monumental year for completed projects at the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. We are proud of our accomplishments—the projects, deliverables and milestones reached, including: Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) Grant: The completion...

WISE Success Stories

The WISE consortium is proud to share WISE Project Success Stories, a series of success stories that highlight the WISE project and partnership. Find out how the support received from the WISE Grant is making a difference for students, through advances, best...

Shoreline Community College awarded NSF grant

Shoreline Community College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to enhance its Clean Energy Technology (CET) program over the next three years. The $168,242 grant will assure that the CET program is equipped to ensure students develop a skill set that...

PNCECE Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

Over the past year, the PNCECE Advisory Board, comprised of energy industry and labor leaders along with education partners, thoughtfully considered the issues and challenges facing our Center, our students, Washington’s Community and Technical College system, and the...

Solar panels that generate electricity at night?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis explain in a recent paper, published in the journal ACS Photonics, that if you want to create a solar panel that generates electricity at night, you have to create one that operates the exact opposite way solar...

Hydropower utilization in Washington and the U.S.

For more than 100 years, hydropower has translated energy from falling water into electricity at an efficiency rate that exceeds 90% on many projects. Hydro also provides more of the services necessary for reliability than any other resource, including operating...

Washington State leads nation in energy efficiency jobs

Energy jobs in Washington State comprise 2.8 percent of the entire country's energy efficiency workforce, making it the leading state in the country in energy efficiency jobs, according to the latest U.S. Energy and Employment report. Explore the full report and the...

2018 Year in Review: Partnerships & Milestones

Last year was a monumental year for completed projects at the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. We are proud of our accomplishments—the projects, deliverables and milestones reached, including: Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) Grant: The completion...

Successful battery farm stabilizes local grid

The battery backup Elon Musk built has saved South Australia tens of millions of dollars. Musk’s Australian solar and wind farm powers rural South Australia, with a population density between Wyoming and Alaska. South Australia experienced a near total blackout in...

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Successful battery farm stabilizes local grid

The battery backup Elon Musk built has saved South Australia tens of millions of dollars. Musk’s Australian solar and wind farm powers rural South Australia, with a population density between Wyoming and Alaska. South Australia experienced a near total blackout in...

Successful battery farm stabilizes local grid

The battery backup Elon Musk built has saved South Australia tens of millions of dollars. Musk’s Australian solar and wind farm powers rural South Australia, with a population density between Wyoming and Alaska. South Australia experienced a near total blackout in...

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About the Center

The Clean Energy Center of Excellence is a statewide resource that represents the interests of the energy industry, and our labor partners, within the Washington State Community and Technical Colleges 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.