There won't be enough qualified professionals to go around in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields in the next five years, according to a survey of energy professionals conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEEE).
Seventy-two percent of AEEE members responding see a shortage developing. Another 70% say there is a need for national and state training for "green jobs" to address shortages that currently are impairing growth in green industries such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewables, electric power, smart grid, energy efficient vehicles and biofuel development.
The recently-passed U.S. economic stimulus package provides more than $20 billion for various energy efficiency measures, including building retrofits, support of new projects and training. According to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), the measure will create 100,000 more new energy jobs in the next two years
Additionally, the act includes tax credits and other measures to support solar energy development and use. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), says some 119,000 jobs will be created in the next two years for solar installation, component manufacturing and solar power plant construction.