The House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a hearing titled, “Creating the Clean Energy Workforce.”
The clean energy workforce has skyrocketed to over 4 million jobs due to dropping technology costs, more demand for clean and efficient energy technology, and supportive policies and investment at the local and state levels. With solar and wind increasing by 24.5% and 16 percent respectively from 2016 to 2017, solar and wind jobs are now outnumbering coal and gas jobs in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Further, energy efficiency jobs make up most of the clean energy workforce, supporting at least 2.2 million jobs across the country. As the country continues to develop and utilize this workforce, it is critical the voices of small businesses are heard as they employ many of these workers and need a steady pipeline of skilled workers. The hearing will delve into the various facets of the renewable energy workforce and the needs of small employers.
**Mr. Mark Farrar Jackson, Vice President, Community Housing Partners dba CHP Energy Solutions
**Mr. Jason L. Wardrip, Business Manager, Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council, Denver, CO
**Mr. Neil James, Vice President, Operations and Maintenance, Apex Clean Energy, Charlottesville, VA
**Mr. Ed Gilliland, CEcD, AICP, PMP, Senior Director, The Solar Foundation, Washington, DC
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2360
C Street SW and South Capitol Street
Washington DC 20003