Clean Energy Technology Center

One of the things that the Green Jobs Bill (passed this summer) did was to create a new quasi-public entity. The Clean Energy Technology Center is designed to attract and create green industries, which includes seeding the required labor pipeline. The Center will fund several things: 

  • workforce development focused on green jobs (including $1 million for the Pathways Out of Poverty grants due January 29, 2009, and another $1 million for other workforce development training with an RFR release due out in late January or February);
  • research and development on new clean energy technologies as well as on the state of the emerging clean energy field to understand demand for labor and other resources; and
  • bright entrepreneurs and innovators with clean energy products to come to market.

The group will be overseen by a board chaired by Ian Bowles, Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. MWA has a mandated seat on the Board of this newly forming organization with the function of keeping the talents and needs of underserved communities included in discussions about green workforce development. Help us out by sharing your stories about folks ready and waiting for green job training.  We’ll keep you updated on progress as the organization develops!