An Assessment of the Clean Energy Workforce in New England
New research explores how to expand equitable access to clean energy jobs in New England.
This research explores a set of questions across two main focus areas.
One area focused on a clean energy landscape and workforce ecosystem analysis for New England to answer the following questions:
The second focus area explored philanthropic funding supports and approaches to clean energy workforce development to answer the following questions:
To address these questions, the research partners utilized a multi-disciplinary research plan; combining surveys, executive interviews, focus groups and data and policy analyses. Below is a summary of the key takeaways, including:
The clean energy industry in New England is stable but will need to grow to meet climate goals and anticipated demand for energy technologies.
The clean energy sector is behind other sectors of the economy in gender and racial inclusion.
Sector growth must intentionally balance job quality and job access as federal funding support for clean energy increases over the next several years.
Regionally, the workforce development and clean energy sectors remain siloed in many state and local governments. Further collaboration is needed to improve connectivity across the workforce ecosystem.
In New England and throughout the country, there has been limited philanthropic support for clean energy workforce development. Deeper philanthropic engagement could foster collaboration and support equity-centered approaches to industry growth.
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Geographic Profiles of the Clean Energy Workforce Ecosystem
Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, Connecticut
Hartford has an emerging infrastructure of educational institutions, organized labor, regional and state agencies, advocacy, and firms in active partnerships focused on creating pathways in the climate sector.
New Haven-Milford, Connecticut
New Haven has several workforce training assets to support pathways into clean energy careers. There are four Job Corps pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the State of Connecticut that serve New Haven and Hartford.
Portland-South Portland, Maine
The State's prioritization of high-road jobs in solar and offshore wind along with a commitment to a diverse workforce, has led to $3M in funding to support diverse hiring, prevailing wages and the development of apprenticeship programs for the renewable energy sector.
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts and New Hampshire
The City of Boston is positioning itself to become an important workforce hub for the region. Regional collaboration is strong partly fueled by quasi-governmental organizations like Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
Springfield’s infrastructure is emerging to meet clean energy demand, especially roles in energy efficiency. Programs like the energy systems program at Springfield Technical Community College offer a training model for short-term credentialing.
Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
This area has one of the strongest pre apprenticeships models in the region. Organizations like Building Futures RI focus on enrolling applicants from underrepresented communities and providing them with paid training opportunities.