What's New on this site:
Curriculum Expansion Project - Applications Due Feb 27
PG&E through the Pacific Energy Center is offering curriculum and consultation for adaptation into new or existing courses for four priority topic areas in energy efficiency: Building Science Fundamentals for Energy Efficiency; Commercial Building Energy Audits and Analysis; HVAC Technician Commercial Quality Installation and Maintenance (QI/QM); and Lighting Technology and LEW Design (Light + Efficiency + Wellbeing). Applications are due February 27, 2015. Click here to learn more.
Smart Grid/Energy Analytics Job Fair - May 22
The Pacific Energy Center sponsored a job fair to highlight job opportunities in the dynamic and growing Smart Grid and Energy Analytics industry. Learn more here.
The Pacific Energy Center hosted a forum on Lighting + Efficiency + Wellbeing (LEW) on May 21 - in person at the PEC and on-line. Learn more here.
Advisory Council Minutes and Presentation - April 28
The EWSS Advisory Council met on April 28 to review recommendations for the 2014 Roadmap. Presentation materials (11MB) and meeting minutes are available for review. Executive Committee minutes from April 25 are also available. Thanks to all who participated.
Minutes & notes from the Sacramento Region industry workforce consortium meeting held January 15 are now available here. Also see minutes from the March 14 Energy Sub-Committee meeting.
Employers, click here to get the latest information on where to recruit candidates for the energy efficiency jobs most critical to you. Also find information on the training and education programs that are turning out these highly qualified experts in energy efficiency. Check back frequently!
Advisory Meetings, April 25 & 28, 2014
The Executive Committee met on April 25, and the full Advisory Council met on April 28 at PG&E's Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco to review recommendations for 2014 work and help inform those recommendations. Thanks to all who participated. Minutes and presentation materials (11MB) from both meetings are available now.
Sacramento Construction & Energy Sectors Workforce Forum, Full Meeting March 25
A full meeting of the Forum was held at the WECA facility at the Mather Commerce Center in Rancho Cordova on 3-25-14. Visit the new website for the Forum.
Industry stakeholders met on September 17 at Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA), 925 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento. Employers and workforce development professionals provided insights on workforce needs and training requirements. Presentation materials, minutes, and outcomes documents here.
What's in the News:
Small Adjustments Yield Big Commercial Rewards
Buildings consume 40% of the nation's energy cost. Fierce Energy 4-17-14 is reporting on the Building Genome Project, a study of how commercial buildings use (and waste) energy. In a Manhattan survey, the project found that a 1 degree adjustment in building thermostats could save $145M in annual energy costs.
Energy efficiency investments reap three times the economic rewards
A report by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEAA) indicates that every $1M invested in energy efficiency reaps $3.87M in economic output and 17.28 new jobs. See the full story and report in FierceEnergy 2-3-14.
Ecotech Institute Ranks CA 2nd of 50 in Energy Efficiency Jobs
Ecotech Institute released its Clean Jobs Index, comprising jobs related to energy efficiency, LEED projects, green pricing, net metering, and other factors. California ranks 4th overall and 2nd in the energy efficiency category. For full index results by state, click here 11-25-13.
Utilities show creativity under regulatory pressure
Utilities are seeing results from demand side management programs in the form of energy savings according to E Source. Of particular note are savings from strategies such as outreach and education or codes and standards. More at FierceEnergy 10-31-13.
CPUC rate authorization targets load reduction, job development
The CPUC authorized PG&E to offer both Standard and Enhanced Economic Development Rates for non-residential customers in order to stimulate employment opportunities. The CPUC decision targets a 5 percent reduction of load over the life of the program. Read more at FierceEnergy 10-8-13.
Bosses Lament: Sales Jobs Hard to Fill
USA Today reports that Sales Representative is the second-hardest job to fill behind skilled trades. Openings are at a 4-year high, but 35% of managers report that they can't find qualified candidates. See the full story in USA Today 7-21-13.