The Ups and Downs of Energy Employment
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- Sep 27, 2019 4:31 pm GMT
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This week Massachusetts received a federal grant to help workers at the now-shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to find new jobs. More than half a million dollars in federal grant money will go toward career planning, comprehensive assessments, resume writing, and job placement for employees laid off earlier this year. Coal workers are facing the same plight. Are clean energy jobs the solution? Unfortunately, jobs in the solar energy industry in Massachusetts are declining despite efforts to ramp up renewable energy. Are clean energy jobs still on the rise? The industry and the job market are changing rapidly. The world’s largest maker of wind turbines, Vesta, is cutting 600 jobs from factories in Denmark and Germany. Their reason,“Today’s very competitive industry and the fast-moving energy transition means we must introduce new products and solutions where and when the market requires them,” Chief Operating Officer Jean-Marc Lechene said in a statement. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA is also planning to cut 600 jobs citing “challenging market conditions.” There may still be time to join the renewable energy workforce. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority reported 8.9 percent growth from 2016, stating employment in the clean energy sector climbed to nearly 159,000 jobs.