America’s goal of expanding alternative energy sources ultimately includes an expanding role for electricity. But as the nation strives to reduce its carbon footprint and lessen its dependence on fossil fuels, there arises the need for a workforce capable of bringing about the vision of a renewable future.
For three decades and more, the Powering America team has been out front in the energy revolution, long before the word “green” became fashionable. Powering America has been instrumental in developing the “Smart Grid” – making the use of new and alternative energy sources possible. Powering America’s wind power training is leading-edge.
The Powering America team can help design highly efficient, even “Zero Net”, construction projects or perform energy audits and retrofits for existing buildings. Our expertise helps ensure that the right electrical systems are installed, so that customers can lower their energy costs and quickly recover their investments.
Wind power is on the rise in the United States. But for wind power to continue down the path of progress, the nation needs a workforce capable of bringing its potential to full fruition – qualified electricians and linemen and reputable contractors lined up, ready to implement whatever wind power plans that may arise.
That’s where the Powering America team comes in. This team has invested millions in training programs uniquely positioned to provide the skilled workers the nation demands to push wind power forward. From Massachusetts to Minnesota, Ohio to Oregon, the Powering America team, through its electrical training ALLIANCE, is actively providing training in the installation and maintenance of the latest wind turbine technology.
With 300 training centers across America, electrical training ALLIANCE offers apprentices and journeymen a range of rigorous, precision “green job” training that puts them at the forefront of the alternative power movement.
In California, IBEW Local 595 put its renewable energy skills on display in a radical redesign of its own training center, combining wind turbines with solar panels to create a building that produces as much energy as it consumes – making it one of only a handful of United States Department of Energy-designated “zero net energy buildings” in the country and one of the first achieved by retrofitting an existing commercial building.
On a recent visit to a Denver JATC training facility, Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado said, “This system that [Powering America has] put into place is what we’ve got to do across the nation – no ifs, ands or buts. It’s very simple: it’s good for national security, it’s good for jobs and it’s good for the climate.”