The 7th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit: Energizing America’s Workforce for Tomorrow. Summit, Signature Crab Feed and Scholarship Auction, June 21. New this year: Pre-summit Educators Institute June 20. Post-summit Smart Grid Manufacturing Roundtable, June 22. The summit will be held at the Regional Education and Training Center at Satsop Campus in Elma, WA. Click here to register for this year’s free event.
The Lewis County PUD is accepting applications for an Engineering Summer Intern position. The application deadline is 5 p.m., March 30. To be considered, the applicant must be enrolled in a community or four-year college which includes coursework in basic engineering fundamentals (electrical engineering preferred). Please visit www.lcpud.org for an application.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (Feb. 29, 2012) – Washington’s newest and largest wind farm – the Lower Snake River Wind Facility-Phase I – today began commercial operations, providing Puget Sound Energy’s 1.1 million electric customers with more renewable, emissions-free power.
The new facility’s 149 wind turbines – set among the wind-blown farm lands of Garfield County, in southeast Washington – will generate enough electricity, on average, to power about 100,000 homes.
“This is an important milestone for our customers and for the people of Garfield County,” Kimberly Harris, president and CEO of PSE, said. “With this new facility, our region is getting new jobs and a new source of clean energy.”
The 343-megawatt (MW) Lower Snake River project is PSE’s third wind farm. The utility’s 157-MW Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility, built in 2005, is in Columbia County. The 273-MW Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, built in 2006 and expanded in 2009, is in Kittitas County. Together, the three sites generate enough electricity, on average, to meet the total power requirements of approximately 230,000 households.
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A joint United States – British Columbia event featuring innovative models, marketing techniques and incentives to engage and expand employers who use apprenticeship programs – Bellingham, Washington.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries – Office of Apprenticeship, Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council, and the United States Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship are pleased to host the second Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, April 17 and 18 at the Port of Bellingham.
The premiere event held in 2010 attracted more than 450 participants from seven states and two countries and introduced partners to apprenticeships. This second event concentrates on business-friendly practices, innovative apprenticeship models and employer incentives that are working in the Pacific Northwest.
The event is designed as a regional exchange of ideas, products and services presented by each participating state and province in general sessions and interactive clinics. Participants can register for networking dinners to further engage with peers and develop plans to implement strategies gained at the conference.
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Registration is $100 – an unbeatable deal that includes materials, continental breakfast, lunches and snacks for both days, and OSPI clock hours for K-12 teachers. Online registration is available at the conference website: click here: http://www.apprenticeshipconference.com.
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The 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference featured more than 100 workshops covering topics like workforce development, clean energy manufacturing, transportation infrastructure investments, emerging green sectors, worker safety and the financial tools needed to build the green economy.
With more than 13 million Americans out of work and an intensified focus in the media — and among the public — on what is happening to help these people get back to work, we are now bring the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conferences to a city near you in order to allow more people to take part in the discussion of how we will build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America’s environmental and economic security.
Registration — which is only $195 — is currently open. Click here for more information.
The 2nd Annual STEM Summit: “Integrating STEM in Today’s Classroom to Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders” has opened registration for educators. The two-day event is free and will be held February 9 & 10 at Bellevue College, N-Building, N201.
Sponsored by the Centers of Excellence for Information Technology, Careers in Education, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, and Clean Energy, the summit will introduce attendees to K-20 best practices in education focusing on innovative teaching and learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Attendees will be examining curriculum for incorporation of best practices in STEM teaching and learning. The free event includes lunch, snacks, materials, fun giveaways and the following:
* Education colleagues will be sharing their strategies for incorporating STEM in the classroom
* Day one: Industry focus. Professionals from aerospace and advanced manufacturing, education, energy, and information and computing technology will highlight emerging technology and workforce trends.
* Day two: Education focus. Learn about the newly formed Energy Educators Association
* Click here and scroll for an event agenda
The STEM Summit keynote is Dr. Bradley Layton, Assistant Professor/Director of Energy Technology at The University of Montana College of Technology. His presentation will focus on “Energy Technology Education in Efficiency To Engender Energy Independence: Science and Math Lay the Foundation for the Next Generation of Energy Technology Leaders.”
Link to register: click here. Be sure to select “energy” as the Center of Excellence which invited you.
The state of Washington has completed energy efficiency projects on 16,000 homes in the past three years, largely with federal recovery act funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The $66.5 million supplied to the state by the federal government funded 12,300 home weatherization projects for low income families in Washington state, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a joint press conference with Gov. Chris Gregoire Thursday morning.
Gregoire said the state exceeded its goal of 7,500 homes targeted for energy conservation improvements using the federal stimulus funds.
Chu said an estimated 100 million of the nation’s 140 million homes could benefit from a variety of energy conservation upgrades. He said his agency is working on program to make home energy improvement projects self-sustaining.
John Dodge | Staff writer/The Olympian• Published January 05, 2012
Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2012/01/05/1936824/state-completes-weatherization.html#storylink=cpy
SEATTLE (AP) — Large utilities in Washington state will soon have to get at least part of their power from new renewable sources like wind and solar. But with a voter-mandated 2012 deadline looming, Gov. Chris Gregoire is weighing a package of changes that could expand the definition of what clean energy is.
Initiative 937 requires almost a third of the state’s utilities — those with at least 25,000 customers — to ramp up to getting 15 percent of its power through wind, solar, geothermal and certain woody biomass by 2020.
The governor wants to provide a broader recognition of the state’s clean, electric energy to help attract businesses to the state, as well as make sure the law is working in a cost-effective way, said her policy adviser, Keith Phillips.
Lawmakers, utility officials, environmentalists, business leaders and others are meeting with the governor’s office in Olympia Thursday to discuss potential changes that may be included in legislation next year.
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is looking for up to five highly qualified students to work in our Power Services organization located at our Headquarters building in Portland, OR.
This BPA organization is responsible for all of BPA’s power operations, policies and sales and is charged with being a trusted steward of the Columbia River System, providing maximum power and environmental value to the Pacific Northwest.
The Power Services Intern Program (Program) is an intensive development program comprised of both job rotations, on the job experiences and classroom-style trainings that should prepare you for a long-term career in Power Services. When hired into this Program, you will receive these opportunities:
Exposure to a wide range of BPA and industry functions and issues through formal and informal trainings
Rotational assignments through different organizations within Power Services to provide specific on the job training
Tailored developmental plan
Program lasts approximately 12 months
For more information, click here.
In a West Plains warehouse, Danny Megow attaches labels to Priority Mail packages headed to Davenport, Clarkston and Orofino.
He’s part of the work crew at Mailstream USA, a contract company that’s preparing one of the largest package mailings in Inland Northwest history – the delivery of 300,000 kits containing compact fluorescent light bulbs to Avista Utilities customers.
Each weekday, about 5,400 packages leave the warehouse in a U.S. Postal Service truck. The kits of eight bulbs arrive on doorsteps within a day or two.