Clean Energy Blog

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

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

read more

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

read more

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

read more

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

read more

Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

read more

How to start your career in clean energy

There are many reasons to work toward a clean energy future, and there's no one right path to a clean energy job. The most important thing to know about working in the clean energy transition is that we need people from every background, every community, every lived...

read more

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

read more

Top 10 things to know about offshore wind energy

Offshore wind has the potential to deliver large amounts of clean, renewable energy to fulfill the electrical needs of cities along U.S. coastlines. According to the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, here are the Top 10 things to know about...

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Western initiative to assess benefits of geothermal energy

Through a newly launched initiative, the Western Governors Association (WGA) intends to evaluate geothermal energy technology development in the Western states and assess its potential benefits. The initiative includes examining market, technology and policy factors...

read more

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

read more

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

read more

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

read more

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

read more

Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

read more

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

Cutting edge companies converge at POWERGEN International 2022

POWERGEN International 2022 features 14 conference sessions, ranging from a technical presentation about optimizing the performance of a heat recovery steam generator to a high level look at where the energy industry is now, and where it will be in 10 years. Watch the...

read more

‘Troops to Energy Jobs’ virtual career fair, May 24

The energy industry has a large need for skilled trade professionals, engineers, technicians, plant operators, cybersecurity experts, and business professionals. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is hosting a free, virtual career fair recruitment...

read more

Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

read more

Women in Public Power: making the workforce more inclusive

At the recent Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Austin, Texas, on March 25-26, women in utility linework were showcased. "While women still comprise a very small percentage of lineworkers, the women who have previously and currently do this frontline work have paved...

read more

Energy Careers 2022 virtual career fair, April 28

The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is hosting a virtual career event on April 28, 2022. Energy Careers 2022 offers anyone interested in the energy industry a chance to gain insight into the range of energy sector job opportunities, benefits, next step...

read more

FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy, June 20-24

The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) Hydropower and STEM Career Academy will be held June 20-24, 2022, at Chelan PUD's Rocky Reach Discovery Center in Wenatchee, WA. Secondary students will engage in a week of hands-on activities that combine STEM...

read more

2022 HYDROVISION International, an in-person event, July 12-14

HYDROVISION International® will be an in-person event on July 12-14, 2022, in Denver, Colo. Exhibitors can book space now for the 2022 event. "Connecting the Global Community of Hydro Visionaries," the event draws attendees from 48 countries around the world: 82%...

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What motivates energy professionals?

Reimagine what you think about energy careers and the incredible opportunities that exist! View Get Into Energy's video for information on solar, wind, hydro, EV infrastructure, energy storage, and more, including job opportunities with more traditional power and fuel...

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Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Technology is the key to optimizing the new power utility workforce

Utility leaders are looking to technology as a key to dealing with an aging workforce. In an interview with Gary McAuliffe, V.P. of Global Utilities for Librestream, at POWERGEN International 2022, McAuliffe said they are looking to leverage technology to optimize...

Cutting edge companies converge at POWERGEN International 2022

POWERGEN International 2022 features 14 conference sessions, ranging from a technical presentation about optimizing the performance of a heat recovery steam generator to a high level look at where the energy industry is now, and where it will be in 10 years. Watch the...

‘Troops to Energy Jobs’ virtual career fair, May 24

The energy industry has a large need for skilled trade professionals, engineers, technicians, plant operators, cybersecurity experts, and business professionals. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is hosting a free, virtual career fair recruitment...

Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

Women in Public Power: making the workforce more inclusive

At the recent Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Austin, Texas, on March 25-26, women in utility linework were showcased. "While women still comprise a very small percentage of lineworkers, the women who have previously and currently do this frontline work have paved...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Clean Energy COE hosts Washington Workforce Energy Convening on June 30

The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College is co-hosting a hybrid event, Washington Workforce Energy Convening, on June 30. The free event brings together utilities, energy providers, research institutions, non-governmental...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

read more

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

read more

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

read more

Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

read more

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

read more

Western initiative to assess benefits of geothermal energy

Through a newly launched initiative, the Western Governors Association (WGA) intends to evaluate geothermal energy technology development in the Western states and assess its potential benefits. The initiative includes examining market, technology and policy factors...

read more

Geothermal energy gets boost from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to expand U.S. geothermal energy deployment with $165 million to aid in leveraging the knowledge, technologies, and skills from the oil and gas industry. The Geothermal Energy from Oil and Gas Demonstrated Engineering (GEODE)...

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Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

read more

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

read more

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

read more

Modernizing the public power workforce

New technology requirements have created a challenge in developing today's power utility workforce. As local utilities maintain and rebuild electric distribution infrastructure, they are installing grids characterized by sophisticated electronics and a sturdy...

read more

Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

read more

FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy, June 20-24

The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) Hydropower and STEM Career Academy will be held June 20-24, 2022, at Chelan PUD's Rocky Reach Discovery Center in Wenatchee, WA. Secondary students will engage in a week of hands-on activities that combine STEM...

read more

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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Clean Energy COE awarded Career Connect Washington grant

The Clean Energy Center of Excellence has been awarded a Career Connect Washington (CCW) grant, "Clean Tech Alliance in partnership with Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: Clean Tech/Energy Sector." The Clean Energy COE is among CCW's Sector Intermediary November...

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Bonneville Power apprenticeships open in January 2022

The Clean Energy Center of Excellence has received advance notice of apprenticeships opening in January 2022. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will be hiring up to 30 apprentices: 10 linemen apprentices, 10 electrician apprentices, and 10 operator/substation...

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What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Virtual reality replacing hands-on training for offshore workers

Offshore wind workers in Massachusetts have become the first in the world to receive certification through virtual reality training. The virtual reality (VR) courses use curriculum from the Global Wind Organization. VR simulations of ports and wind turbines, developed...

Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

Modernizing the public power workforce

New technology requirements have created a challenge in developing today's power utility workforce. As local utilities maintain and rebuild electric distribution infrastructure, they are installing grids characterized by sophisticated electronics and a sturdy...

Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy, June 20-24

The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) Hydropower and STEM Career Academy will be held June 20-24, 2022, at Chelan PUD's Rocky Reach Discovery Center in Wenatchee, WA. Secondary students will engage in a week of hands-on activities that combine STEM...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Virtual reality replacing hands-on training for offshore workers

Offshore wind workers in Massachusetts have become the first in the world to receive certification through virtual reality training. The virtual reality (VR) courses use curriculum from the Global Wind Organization. VR simulations of ports and wind turbines, developed...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

How to start your career in clean energy

There are many reasons to work toward a clean energy future, and there's no one right path to a clean energy job. The most important thing to know about working in the clean energy transition is that we need people from every background, every community, every lived...

read more

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

read more

Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

read more

Join the Clean Energy Revolution!

What is the Clean Energy Revolution? A Clean Energy Revolution is happening with the steady expansion of U.S. renewable energy sources, empowered by the Clean Energy Corps. What is the Clean Energy Corps? The Clean Energy Corps is a diverse group with a mission to...

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Energy jobs grew faster than overall employment last year

The annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), released for 2021, found that in spite of economic uncertainty the energy sector experienced positive job growth. The USEER is a comprehensive study designed to track and understand employment trends across the...

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Modernizing the public power workforce

New technology requirements have created a challenge in developing today's power utility workforce. As local utilities maintain and rebuild electric distribution infrastructure, they are installing grids characterized by sophisticated electronics and a sturdy...

read more

‘Troops to Energy Jobs’ virtual career fair, May 24

The energy industry has a large need for skilled trade professionals, engineers, technicians, plant operators, cybersecurity experts, and business professionals. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is hosting a free, virtual career fair recruitment...

read more

Women in Public Power: making the workforce more inclusive

At the recent Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Austin, Texas, on March 25-26, women in utility linework were showcased. "While women still comprise a very small percentage of lineworkers, the women who have previously and currently do this frontline work have paved...

read more

Energy Careers 2022 virtual career fair, April 28

The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is hosting a virtual career event on April 28, 2022. Energy Careers 2022 offers anyone interested in the energy industry a chance to gain insight into the range of energy sector job opportunities, benefits, next step...

read more

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...

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

How to start your career in clean energy

There are many reasons to work toward a clean energy future, and there's no one right path to a clean energy job. The most important thing to know about working in the clean energy transition is that we need people from every background, every community, every lived...

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

Join the Clean Energy Revolution!

What is the Clean Energy Revolution? A Clean Energy Revolution is happening with the steady expansion of U.S. renewable energy sources, empowered by the Clean Energy Corps. What is the Clean Energy Corps? The Clean Energy Corps is a diverse group with a mission to...

Energy jobs grew faster than overall employment last year

The annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), released for 2021, found that in spite of economic uncertainty the energy sector experienced positive job growth. The USEER is a comprehensive study designed to track and understand employment trends across the...

Technology is the key to optimizing the new power utility workforce

Utility leaders are looking to technology as a key to dealing with an aging workforce. In an interview with Gary McAuliffe, V.P. of Global Utilities for Librestream, at POWERGEN International 2022, McAuliffe said they are looking to leverage technology to optimize...

Modernizing the public power workforce

New technology requirements have created a challenge in developing today's power utility workforce. As local utilities maintain and rebuild electric distribution infrastructure, they are installing grids characterized by sophisticated electronics and a sturdy...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

How to start your career in clean energy

There are many reasons to work toward a clean energy future, and there's no one right path to a clean energy job. The most important thing to know about working in the clean energy transition is that we need people from every background, every community, every lived...

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

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Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Utah green hydrogen project receives DOE support

Utah's Advanced Clean Energy Storage project is the first green hydrogen project to receive a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), receiving a $504.4 million loan guarantee from DOE. The project is intended to capture excess renewable energy when...

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Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

read more

TransAlta plans battery energy storage facility

TransAlta has asked for approval to build a 180 MW/360 MWh battery energy storage system on land that is part of the Ghost Hydro-electric facility near Cochrane, Alberta. The utility said it plans a two-phase approach to construction with Phase 1 constructed,...

read more

2022 HYDROVISION International, an in-person event, July 12-14

HYDROVISION International® will be an in-person event on July 12-14, 2022, in Denver, Colo. Exhibitors can book space now for the 2022 event. "Connecting the Global Community of Hydro Visionaries," the event draws attendees from 48 countries around the world: 82%...

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What is hydropower pumped storage?

As Washington moves toward clean energy production and enhanced battery storage, the two following articles explain the story of hydro's pumped storage: Projects would invest billions on Lake Roosevelt for needed renewable-energy storage, but hurdles are high New...

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Infrastructure bill provides incentives to modernize hydropower

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the more than $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Also known as the bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF), the Senate approved the bill in August. The BIF represents a core piece of...

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EIA expects 14 percent decline in 2021 hydropower generation

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects U.S. hydropower generation to decline 14 percent amid 2021 drought. Extreme and exceptional drought conditions affected much of the western United States, especially California and states in the Pacific...

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HYDRO+ Series: A new virtual energy community

HYDRO+ Series is a new platform that provides a virtual community for energy solutions, education, and networking. Hosted by HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review, it brings timely and informative content year-round. The free, monthly series of virtual events...

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Energy stats by state

Did you know that Washington state generated the most electricity from hydropower of any state and accounted for 24% of the nation's annual utility-scale hydroelectricity generation in 2019? You can access energy data and analysis by state on the U.S. Energy...

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Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Climate bill includes incentives for hydrogen, nuclear, renewables

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, anticipated to pass next week, includes incentives for hydrogen, nuclear and energy storage. The bill will make a historic down payment on deficit reduction to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and...

Utah green hydrogen project receives DOE support

Utah's Advanced Clean Energy Storage project is the first green hydrogen project to receive a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), receiving a $504.4 million loan guarantee from DOE. The project is intended to capture excess renewable energy when...

Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

TransAlta plans battery energy storage facility

TransAlta has asked for approval to build a 180 MW/360 MWh battery energy storage system on land that is part of the Ghost Hydro-electric facility near Cochrane, Alberta. The utility said it plans a two-phase approach to construction with Phase 1 constructed,...

2022 HYDROVISION International, an in-person event, July 12-14

HYDROVISION International® will be an in-person event on July 12-14, 2022, in Denver, Colo. Exhibitors can book space now for the 2022 event. "Connecting the Global Community of Hydro Visionaries," the event draws attendees from 48 countries around the world: 82%...

What is hydropower pumped storage?

As Washington moves toward clean energy production and enhanced battery storage, the two following articles explain the story of hydro's pumped storage: Projects would invest billions on Lake Roosevelt for needed renewable-energy storage, but hurdles are high New...

Infrastructure bill provides incentives to modernize hydropower

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the more than $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Also known as the bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF), the Senate approved the bill in August. The BIF represents a core piece of...

Northwest Hydropower: events and resources

Learn about hydropower in the northwest, including hydroelectric projects, events, tours, videos and resources, from the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE).   Learn more: fwee.org/northwest-hydropower/  

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Climate bill includes incentives for hydrogen, nuclear, renewables

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, anticipated to pass next week, includes incentives for hydrogen, nuclear and energy storage. The bill will make a historic down payment on deficit reduction to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and...

Utah green hydrogen project receives DOE support

Utah's Advanced Clean Energy Storage project is the first green hydrogen project to receive a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), receiving a $504.4 million loan guarantee from DOE. The project is intended to capture excess renewable energy when...

Hydropower Foundation hosts Hydro Think Tank, August 16-18

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a Hydro Think Tank™ on August 16-18, 2022, at Grand Coulee Dam. This competition is designed for students interested in a career in hydropower and provides hands-on experience, a behind-the-scenes look at a hydropower...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

read more

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

read more

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

read more

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

read more

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

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Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

read more

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

read more

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

read more

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

read more

Western initiative to assess benefits of geothermal energy

Through a newly launched initiative, the Western Governors Association (WGA) intends to evaluate geothermal energy technology development in the Western states and assess its potential benefits. The initiative includes examining market, technology and policy factors...

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Geothermal energy gets boost from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to expand U.S. geothermal energy deployment with $165 million to aid in leveraging the knowledge, technologies, and skills from the oil and gas industry. The Geothermal Energy from Oil and Gas Demonstrated Engineering (GEODE)...

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Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

read more

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

read more

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

read more

Costs for renewables continue to fall

Today, electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to be the cheapest form of power. Solar and wind energy have relatively short project lead times and are vital to reducing and phasing out fossil fuels, and renewable power frees economies from...

read more

DOE program aims to transform mines into clean energy hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a $500 million program, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package, to transform current and former mines into clean energy hubs. The program came from the current administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and...

read more

Banks adding EV charging stations and solar power

Chase bank said it plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at 50 of the bank's retail branches in the U.S. beginning this summer. It also said it plans to add on-site solar power generation to roughly 400 additional branches by the end of the year. The...

read more

U.S. clean energy investments topped $100B in 2021

The U.S. experienced record spending of new capital in 2021 to support the transition to a lower-carbon economy. A record number of electric vehicles sold and contributions to the power grid from zero-carbon renewable sources were surpassed. The U.S. now invests...

read more

Solar canopies over irrigation canals, a first in California

A project near Modesto, California, would generate renewable energy while saving water. Solar panel canopies over sections of the Turlock Irrigation District’s canal system would generate renewable electricity, shade the sun, reduce evaporation and save water for...

read more

Repowering power plants with renewable and hybrid energy

From coal to natural gas, retrofitting aging facilities, and transitioning to hybrid power plants — all are occurring as new technologies make older facilities new again. Repowering involves replacing aging generating units at thermal plants with new, higher-capacity...

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Why Texas is the nation’s clean energy leader

Leading the nation in new renewable energy capacity, Texas leads the competition and is expected to continue as the leader. The state had 7,352 megawatts of new wind, solar and energy storage projects come online during 2021, according to a recent report by the...

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Trends to look for in 2022 for renewable energy

Supply chains, labor markets, transmission investments, EV growth, and federal policies are among the projected trends in renewable energy for 2022. Continued momentum in the clean energy industry is forecasted over the course of 2022, including four possible trends...

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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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Economic benefits drive the clean energy transition

The shift to carbon-free energy is gaining momentum, due largely to economic benefits. Economists and analysts are making the case that the transition will lead to cost savings on a massive scale. Academic research supports the concept that the costs of technology...

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Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

Costs for renewables continue to fall

Today, electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to be the cheapest form of power. Solar and wind energy have relatively short project lead times and are vital to reducing and phasing out fossil fuels, and renewable power frees economies from...

DOE program aims to transform mines into clean energy hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a $500 million program, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package, to transform current and former mines into clean energy hubs. The program came from the current administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and...

Wind and solar to bring big increase in electricity this summer

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects the largest increases in U.S. electric power generation this summer to come from renewable energy sources. Wind and solar power generators will be the biggest contributors to the increase, both have grown...

Banks adding EV charging stations and solar power

Chase bank said it plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at 50 of the bank's retail branches in the U.S. beginning this summer. It also said it plans to add on-site solar power generation to roughly 400 additional branches by the end of the year. The...

U.S. clean energy investments topped $100B in 2021

The U.S. experienced record spending of new capital in 2021 to support the transition to a lower-carbon economy. A record number of electric vehicles sold and contributions to the power grid from zero-carbon renewable sources were surpassed. The U.S. now invests...

Solar canopies over irrigation canals, a first in California

A project near Modesto, California, would generate renewable energy while saving water. Solar panel canopies over sections of the Turlock Irrigation District’s canal system would generate renewable electricity, shade the sun, reduce evaporation and save water for...

Repowering power plants with renewable and hybrid energy

From coal to natural gas, retrofitting aging facilities, and transitioning to hybrid power plants — all are occurring as new technologies make older facilities new again. Repowering involves replacing aging generating units at thermal plants with new, higher-capacity...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

Costs for renewables continue to fall

Today, electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to be the cheapest form of power. Solar and wind energy have relatively short project lead times and are vital to reducing and phasing out fossil fuels, and renewable power frees economies from...

DOE program aims to transform mines into clean energy hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a $500 million program, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package, to transform current and former mines into clean energy hubs. The program came from the current administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and...

Wind and solar to bring big increase in electricity this summer

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects the largest increases in U.S. electric power generation this summer to come from renewable energy sources. Wind and solar power generators will be the biggest contributors to the increase, both have grown...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

Offshore Wind by the Numbers: Reaching 30 GW by 2030

The U.S. has enough planned offshore wind energy capacity to meet the current administration's goal of developing 30 GW by 2030, which requires ramping up domestic supply chain to build new projects. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a supply...

Energy jobs grew faster than overall employment last year

The annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), released for 2021, found that in spite of economic uncertainty the energy sector experienced positive job growth. The USEER is a comprehensive study designed to track and understand employment trends across the...

The DOE strategy to secure America’s clean energy supply chain

The Department of Energy's report released last month, America’s Strategy to Secure the Supply Chain for a Robust Clean Energy Transition, lays out the first-ever, comprehensive strategy to establish America’s role as a global leader in clean energy manufacturing and...

Challenges for the future of ‘clean hydrogen’

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) recently released a report showing that many opportunities exist for clean hydrogen's growth, but government leadership would be critical in achieving decarbonization goals. That includes...

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...

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...

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...

Detailed look at the 2021 State Energy Strategy

The Washington State Department of Commerce offers a detailed look at how the state's energy strategy can nearly eliminate the use of climate-threatening fossil fuels while growing and maintaining a prosperous economy. The Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy covers...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

Offshore Wind by the Numbers: Reaching 30 GW by 2030

The U.S. has enough planned offshore wind energy capacity to meet the current administration's goal of developing 30 GW by 2030, which requires ramping up domestic supply chain to build new projects. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a supply...

Energy jobs grew faster than overall employment last year

The annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), released for 2021, found that in spite of economic uncertainty the energy sector experienced positive job growth. The USEER is a comprehensive study designed to track and understand employment trends across the...

The DOE strategy to secure America’s clean energy supply chain

The Department of Energy's report released last month, America’s Strategy to Secure the Supply Chain for a Robust Clean Energy Transition, lays out the first-ever, comprehensive strategy to establish America’s role as a global leader in clean energy manufacturing and...

Challenges for the future of ‘clean hydrogen’

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) recently released a report showing that many opportunities exist for clean hydrogen's growth, but government leadership would be critical in achieving decarbonization goals. That includes...

DOE program aims to transform mines into clean energy hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a $500 million program, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package, to transform current and former mines into clean energy hubs. The program came from the current administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and...

read more

Oregon startup aims to improve battery storage capacity

ESS Tech Inc. of Oregon is using flow battery technology to meet the need for long-duration energy storage with batteries that can discharge electricity for up to 12 hours. Flow batteries have the potential to be an important part of the energy transition because they...

read more

Cybersecurity and Building a Better Grid

The DOE's Building a Better Grid initiative, launched early this year, intends to create a more robust transmission system that will restore the nation's electrical grid through expanded access and greater resilience. The initiative includes strengthening the grid to...

read more

Repowering power plants with renewable and hybrid energy

From coal to natural gas, retrofitting aging facilities, and transitioning to hybrid power plants — all are occurring as new technologies make older facilities new again. Repowering involves replacing aging generating units at thermal plants with new, higher-capacity...

read more

TransAlta plans battery energy storage facility

TransAlta has asked for approval to build a 180 MW/360 MWh battery energy storage system on land that is part of the Ghost Hydro-electric facility near Cochrane, Alberta. The utility said it plans a two-phase approach to construction with Phase 1 constructed,...

read more

Bonneville Power apprenticeships open in January 2022

The Clean Energy Center of Excellence has received advance notice of apprenticeships opening in January 2022. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will be hiring up to 30 apprentices: 10 linemen apprentices, 10 electrician apprentices, and 10 operator/substation...

read more

Public Power Week: Oct. 3-9

Public power utilities across the U.S. celebrate an annual "Public Power Week" the first week of October. The event helps customers and stakeholders engage with their community-owned utility and benefit from its offerings. The American Public Power Association...

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‘Grid of the Future’ needed for U.S. climate goals

Last week's Climate Week brought corporations together, pledging to decarbonize and hasten the urgency to transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy and address threats posed by climate change. To meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and continue...

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Pacific Coast Collaborative: Transitioning to clean energy

The Pacific Coast Collaborative consists of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and the cities of Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles — all working together to build the low carbon economy of the future. With a...

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Public Power Jobs

The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. Visit the APPA Career Center for job listings and employers hiring. Learn more: www.publicpower.org  

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DOE program aims to transform mines into clean energy hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a $500 million program, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package, to transform current and former mines into clean energy hubs. The program came from the current administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and...

Technology is the key to optimizing the new power utility workforce

Utility leaders are looking to technology as a key to dealing with an aging workforce. In an interview with Gary McAuliffe, V.P. of Global Utilities for Librestream, at POWERGEN International 2022, McAuliffe said they are looking to leverage technology to optimize...

Oregon startup aims to improve battery storage capacity

ESS Tech Inc. of Oregon is using flow battery technology to meet the need for long-duration energy storage with batteries that can discharge electricity for up to 12 hours. Flow batteries have the potential to be an important part of the energy transition because they...

Cybersecurity and Building a Better Grid

The DOE's Building a Better Grid initiative, launched early this year, intends to create a more robust transmission system that will restore the nation's electrical grid through expanded access and greater resilience. The initiative includes strengthening the grid to...

Repowering power plants with renewable and hybrid energy

From coal to natural gas, retrofitting aging facilities, and transitioning to hybrid power plants — all are occurring as new technologies make older facilities new again. Repowering involves replacing aging generating units at thermal plants with new, higher-capacity...

TransAlta plans battery energy storage facility

TransAlta has asked for approval to build a 180 MW/360 MWh battery energy storage system on land that is part of the Ghost Hydro-electric facility near Cochrane, Alberta. The utility said it plans a two-phase approach to construction with Phase 1 constructed,...

Bonneville Power apprenticeships open in January 2022

The Clean Energy Center of Excellence has received advance notice of apprenticeships opening in January 2022. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will be hiring up to 30 apprentices: 10 linemen apprentices, 10 electrician apprentices, and 10 operator/substation...

DOE program aims to transform mines into clean energy hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a $500 million program, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package, to transform current and former mines into clean energy hubs. The program came from the current administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and...

Technology is the key to optimizing the new power utility workforce

Utility leaders are looking to technology as a key to dealing with an aging workforce. In an interview with Gary McAuliffe, V.P. of Global Utilities for Librestream, at POWERGEN International 2022, McAuliffe said they are looking to leverage technology to optimize...

Oregon startup aims to improve battery storage capacity

ESS Tech Inc. of Oregon is using flow battery technology to meet the need for long-duration energy storage with batteries that can discharge electricity for up to 12 hours. Flow batteries have the potential to be an important part of the energy transition because they...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

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What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

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DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

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Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

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Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

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Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

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Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

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Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

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What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

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Western initiative to assess benefits of geothermal energy

Through a newly launched initiative, the Western Governors Association (WGA) intends to evaluate geothermal energy technology development in the Western states and assess its potential benefits. The initiative includes examining market, technology and policy factors...

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Geothermal energy gets boost from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to expand U.S. geothermal energy deployment with $165 million to aid in leveraging the knowledge, technologies, and skills from the oil and gas industry. The Geothermal Energy from Oil and Gas Demonstrated Engineering (GEODE)...

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Women in energy making a difference

Meet talented, innovative, inspiring women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the U.S. Department of Energy. Women @ Energy: STEM Rising features women's participation and leadership in the energy workforce. National Laboratories:...

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Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

Washington trade delegation to focus on energy and industry

Washington state representatives from business, education, and government, including Gov. Jay Inslee, will participate in a trade mission to the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway in September. The governor’s policy agenda for the mission focuses on...

Expansion of EV grid faces challenges in rural Washington

In some parts of rural Washington state, the electric vehicle (EV) market is facing "range anxiety" over getting stranded far from a charger. Without ubiquitous EV charging stations, rural adoption of EVs continues to be discouraged, and without more EVs on the road,...

Virtual clean energy career fairs in September

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is offering weekly virtual career fairs on careers in clean energy in September. You can join the virtual sessions on Sept. 8 for “EERE STEMtember Sessions: Careers in Clean Energy,” a webinar series to...

Reaching 100% clean energy by 2035

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in its recent report, clean technologies must scale up quickly in order to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035. Wind and solar energy would provide 60%–80% of generation in the least-costly electricity mix...

What energy career is right for you?

Is a skilled trade position calling your name? What about engineering, customer service, or running a power plant? With hundreds of types of energy careers, it's tough to figure out where to start. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) offers a career...

Oregon hybrid plant, the first utility-scale plant of its kind

A renewable energy plant, commissioned in Oregon on Sept. 28, combines solar power, wind power, and massive batteries to store the energy generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project will generate enough electricity to...

What is an innovation cluster?

The Washington State Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program develops innovation clusters, which are industry-led consortiums that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth. Cluster members can...

DOE to fund advances in bioenergy technology

Alternative clean energy sources like bioenergy are playing a key role in reaching the current administration's goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week $178 million in funding for bioenergy research to advance...

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged, October 19

Since 2017, Hiring for Hydro™, a one-day event co-located with an industry conference, has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Students participate in educational workshops about careers in hydropower and can attend...

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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.
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