November 28, 2013

Green Careers Resource Guide 2014 (CleanTech Trends)

Green Careers Resource Guide 2014

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Green Careers Resource Guide 2014 (free ebook from cassio.com)

CleanTech Trends

I want a green career! So where do I get trained, or what do I major in?

By Jim Cassio, Workforce and Economic Development Consultant, Author and Career Expert

 

First, please understand that green jobs represent a wide variety of career choices and are found in virtually all industries (although not with all employers). Also, there are literally hundreds of occupations (well, about 300) that can lead to green jobs and green careers. (more…)

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May 3, 2012

CleanTech Trends – Future Growth and Potential

CleanTech Trends – Future Growth and Potential

An Opportunity for Modern Support of Fossil Fuels and CleanTech

 

Renewable electricity generation doubled from 2006 to 2011. The price of solar, wind, and other clean energy technologies fell. American manufacturers have regained market share in advanced batteries and vehicles.

 

Employment in the CleanTech sector grew by nearly 12% from 2007 to 2010. In fact, during the middle of the recession (2008 to 2009) the clean economy grew faster than the rest of the economy, expanding at a rate of 8.3%; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) investment in clean energy projects likely spurred much of this growth. (more…)

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April 19, 2012

Redfish Presents on Careers in Energy and Clean Technology at the Green Festival: Green Economy, Jobs and Opportunities Expo

Redfish Presents on Careers in Energy and Clean Technology

at the Green Festival: Green Economy, Jobs and Opportunities Expo

 

CEO and long-time Executive Recruiter at Redfish Technology, Rob Reeves will be speaking at the Green Festival’s ‘Green Economy, Jobs and Opportunities Expo’, to be held at the Javits Center in New York on Sunday April 22, 2012 at noon at Stage A. Rob will discuss career opportunities in Energy and Clean Technology, sectors hiring, and job skills in demand.

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November 28, 2011

Green Trends: The Winds of Change

Green Trends

The Winds of Change

Jobs

There are 20,000 jobs in Wind according to reports by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) as of 2010. These are people employed directly and indirectly in wind turbine manufacturing. Compare this to 2,500 in 2004, i.e. an eight-fold increase. There are additionally 55,000 U.S. workers employed in other parts of the wind industry such as construction and services.

Installations

The size of the U.S. wind turbine market has grown from approximately $2.7 billion in 2005 to $12.5 billion in 2009 (463%). And 2010 demonstrated unprecedented growth with the installation of nearly 3,000 new wind turbines, almost half of the number as installed in the 5 preceding years. By the end of last year the U.S. had over 35,600 wind turbines installed domestically.

Capacity

Capacity in the U.S. has been expanded via U.S. and foreign companies who assemble and produce wind turbines and components. There were almost 400 U.S. manufacturing facilities produced wind turbines and components in 2010, up from as few as 30 in 2004. The turbine manufacturers’ supply chains are global, but the U.S. has garnered an estimated 50-60% share of parts manufactured due to recent investments; that share was only 25% in 2005. In 1984, there were only 300 MW of installed wind projects around the world. But by the end of this year, there will be over 240,000 MW.

Cost of Wind

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) analyzed the cost curve for wind projects since the mid-1980s and found that the cost of wind-generated electricity has decreased by 14% with each doubling of installation capacity. It is estimated that the average cost will come down another 12% by 2016. Costs have been reduced by improved manufacturing, better quality materials, larger turbines, and greater plant operation and maintenance experience. Additionally, there is an oversupply of turbines on the global market according to BNEF. When you add all these in to the mix, further downward cost pressure could bring parity between wind and conventional energy sources.

Subsidization

Like most energy technologies, wind energy, is subsidized through government incentives. One of the main federal policy tools to encourage renewable energy investment and production is a tax credit, known as the production tax credit (PTC). Wind, solar, geothermal, and “closed-loop” bioenergy companies are eligible for a Production Tax Credit. The PTC provides a 2.2-cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) benefit for the first ten years of a renewable energy facility’s operation.

According to the Environmental Law Institute, from 2002 to 2008, the U.S. Government subsidies for fossil fuels were $70.2 billion ($53.9b in tax breaks and $16.3b in direct spending). That adds up to 63% of the subsidies for Fossil Fuels, Corn Ethanol, Renewable Energy, and Carbon Capture & Storage combined. Renewable Energy benefited from only 12% of these subsidies.

Tax Breaks and Direct Spending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expiration

Both wind production and U.S. equipment manufacturing have been encouraged by a variety of federal laws and policies. Some of these policies are subject to change at the end of 2011, and others, such as the PTC, are scheduled to expire in 2012. The PTC for incremental hydro, wave and tidal energy, geothermal, MSW, and bioenergy was extended until the end of 2013.

Outlook

The U.S. wind turbine manufacturing future is largely dependent upon federal and state policies. Short term extensions of the PTC are insufficient for sustaining the long-term growth of renewable energy. The best way to quickly drive investment in wind, foster innovation in technology and therefore in cost reductions, is to have consistent, supportive, and long-term policy.

BNEF reports that the best wind farms in the world are already competitive with coal, gas and nuclear plants. They predict that continued performance improvements and cost reductions over the next half decade should level the average onshore wind plant costs with cheap natural gas, and in the best locations with other fossil fuels.

BNEF highlights the importance of a deployment-based strategy in scaling renewable energy. It is normal that new energy technology may take decades to be brought into cost-parity with incumbents.

Vision

Justin Wu of BNEF says that: “In the next few years the mainstream world is going to wake up to wind cheaper than gas, and rooftop solar power cheaper than daytime electricity. Add in the same sort of deep long-term price drops for power storage, demand management, LED lighting and so on – and we are clearly talking about a whole new game.”

 

Redfish Technology Recommended Further Reading: 

U.S. Wind Turbine Manufacturing: Federal Support for an Emerging Industry - Congressional Research Service

Getting the Facts Straight on Green Jobs

Wind Electricity To Be Fully Competitive With Natural Gas by 2016, Says Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Wind Power Under Attack, Learns to Fight Back

Transparency: How Much Does the United States Subsidize Energy

Global Renewable Energy Market Outlook – BNEF

 

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October 27, 2011

Competition for Talent, Immigrants Have Historically been Innovators, Job Creators.

Competing for Talent, Immigrants Have Historically been Innovators, Job Creators.

A recent Wall Street journal article entitled: “A Better Idea for Green Jobs” should serve as a good reminder of our long history of immigrants creating innovation, building new companies, and starting tens of thousands of new jobs in the process.

The article reports that according to a Kauffman Foundation study, 25% of science and technology start-ups founded between 1995 and 2005 had either a foreign-born chief executive or lead technologist. Vivek Wadhwa, a Duke University researcher, reported that in 2005 those firms produced $52 billion in revenue with 450,000 employees. The majority (52%0 of Silicon Valley start-ups were immigrant led. (more…)

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