Full Title: Wind Powering America’s Wind for Schools Project
Author(s): Baring-Gould and C. Newcomb
Publisher(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Publication Date: 06/2012
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As the United States dramatically expands wind energy deployment, the industry is challenged with developing a skilled workforce to support it. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a report describing a 20% wind energy future by 2030, which noted that 500,000 new annual fulltime equivalent jobs would be created under this scenario.
In FY08, the DOE’s Wind Powering America (WPA) initiative launched the Wind for Schools project in six states (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota) to address workforce development needs and public resistance to wind energy deployment. In 2010, five more states were selected for Round 2 (Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) from 25 qualified applicants who responded to a competitive request for proposals.