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White House launches clean energy youth workforce program amid labor shortage concerns

By District Energy posted 09-21-2023 17:16


President Joe Biden is taking executive action to create a workforce training and service initiative to “put to work” 20,000 Americans in conservation and clean energy jobs, with a coordinating agreement between federal agencies, the White House announced Wednesday.

The action comes as the clean energy industry is experiencing labor shortages and manufacturers and developers look to take advantage of billions in tax credits offered by the Inflation Reduction Act.

Rob Thornton, president and CEO of the International District Energy Association, said in an interview that the plan “harkens back” to the New Deal, and that the program will “create more pathways” for people to participate in the energy industry.

“It feels like this could create more clarity for young people that the clean energy industry is a growing sector where they can build skills, grow their career, make a living, support a family, pay off debt,” Thornton said. “We’re very much in favor of it — the industry needs talent and resources.”

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