NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, November 11: New Energy Jobs Outreach For Vets; Building Policy For Transportation Electrification

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    Monday, November 11, 2019

    QUICK NEWS, November 11: New Energy Jobs Outreach For Vets; Building Policy For Transportation Electrification

    New Energy Jobs Outreach For Vets New Solar Veterans Initiatives to Advance Training and Career Pathways in the Solar Industry

    November 11, 2019 (The Solar Foundation)

    “…[Two new solar workforce development programs] connect transitioning military service members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with career training, professional development, and employment opportunities in the solar industry…[They are intended to] expand and strengthen a nationwide pipeline of talented job candidates with military experience into a range of advanced roles at solar companies across the United States…[The Solar Ready Vets Fellowship Program and the Solar Opportunities and Readiness (SOAR) Initiative] are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy]…Through the Solar Ready Vets Fellowship Program, hundreds of service members will be placed into 12-week work-based learning programs with solar employers to facilitate their transition from active duty to civilian careers.

    These service members will come from select military bases in regions with high demand for solar workers…[It] will be focused mainly on management and professional roles, such as technical sales, system design, supply chain logistics, project development, and operations, in addition to installation. Through placement with industry employers, service members will receive valuable on-the-job training, professional development, and career guidance…[T]he SOAR Initiative will connect veterans with a range of solar training, credentialing, professional development, and employment opportunities…[and] establish a Department of Labor-recognized apprenticeship; expand the eligibility of solar training for GI Bill benefits; and define expedited pathways to solar certifications based on military experience and qualifications…” click through for more info

    Building Policy For Transportation Electrification The 50 States of Electric Vehicles: States Consider a Variety of Utility-Led Transportation Electrification Initiatives in Q3 2019

    November 6, 2019 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center [NCCETC])

    “…40 states and the District of Columbia took actions related to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure during Q3 2019, with the greatest number of actions relating to rebate programs, charging station deployment, and rate design for electric vehicle charging [according to the Q3 2019 update of The 50 States of Electric Vehicles from NCCETC]… 298 electric vehicle actions were taken during Q3 2019…[It was] a 41% increase over Q3 2018…[Three trends in electric vehicle actions were] (1) states and utilities focusing on rebate programs for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, (2) utilities proposing programs to address multiple charging types and locations, and (3) utilities proposing innovative electric vehicle charging pilot projects…

    …[The five top policy developments of the quarter were the] North Carolina Department of Transportation releasing its final zero-emission vehicle plan…Arizona regulators approving an electric vehicle implementation plan…The Maine Public Utilities Commission issuing a beneficial electrification request for proposals…Portland General Electric filing its transportation electrification plan with Oregon regulators; and….[the] Iowa Utilities Board exempting charging stations served by behind-the-meter generation from utility regulation…” click here for more

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