New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $27.5 million in funding to enhance workforce development to meet the growing demand of workers in the clean energy industry.
The funding follows a recent release of the 2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report by NYSERDA.
According to the report, the state's clean energy industry employed 5,600 workers in 2017 increasing the total number of employees to over 151,000.
The funding will be directed towards training initiatives and will support the governor's mandate to generate 50% of energy from renewables and reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.
NYSERDA will provide business with incentives to train, recruit and hire new workers, upskilling existing workers and establish talent pipelines to reduce businesses cost of attracting and hiring new workers.
$7 million will be directed towards energy efficiency and clean technology training, $10 million for on-the-Job training and $10.5 million for the clean energy internship programme.
"Clean energy jobs are the workforce of the future, and New Yorkers need to be prepared," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding for workforce development and training programmes will provide individuals with the skills they need for good paying jobs, helping to ensure high-tech companies have the workforce they need to grow and succeed in New York State. We're investing in development and training initiatives to meet our aggressive clean energy goals of increasing use of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
The new report by NYSERDA also shows that:
- Clean energy jobs increased by 4% in 2017, outpacing statewide average employment growth of 1.6%
- New York now ranks 3rd nationally both for energy efficiency employment and solar jobs
- Energy efficiency is the largest clean energy technology category in terms of jobs and investments - employing 117,300 workers in 2017, with firms receiving over $4.1 billion in investments since 2011.
- Firms in the grid modernisation and energy storage technology category are growing fast and are positioned to grow much more. It was the fastest growing category in terms of employment for 2017 with nearly 12.6% growth.
The report is available for download here...