Through the Local Government Lens: Developing the Energy Efficiency Workforce

Research Report U1805

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Mary Shoemaker, David Ribeiro

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Local governments across the United States are increasingly enacting policies and offering programs to drive energy savings, but the success of these activities is inextricably linked to a strong, capable energy efficiency workforce. To ensure that trained workers are available to capitalize on efficiency investments, local governments can set workforce development goals, coordinate training programs, and provide equal access to opportunities to workers and businesses. They can also institute equity-focused energy efficiency workforce development programs and targets to extend these benefits to underserved community members. This report describes these strategies, highlights cities that are supporting their local energy efficiency industries, and makes recommendations for local governments interested in launching new initiatives.