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My Role<br />Oversee the Employment Services DivisionStrategic Planning | New Product Development | P&L | Sales Team Management | Marketing | Technology & Development | Customer Service | Janitorial Services<br />Attend annual HR Conferences with NRECA, APPA, IEHRA, et al. <br />Macro-level view of IOUs, Munis, Coops, general job market in utility industry.<br />
Macro Energy Industry View:Green Collar Jobs<br />
What are Green Collar Jobs?<br />Are Green Collar Jobs more like Blue Collar or White Collar jobs? <br />Van Jones – Special Advisor on Green Jobs, White House Council on Environmental Quality defined Green Collar Jobs as “Good jobs that are good for the environment.”<br />Colorado doesn’t know… Center for Workforce Development is working with business leaders, educational institutions, and labor to define green jobs.<br />Confusion: If you are a sales executive for a company that has a corporate recycling initiative, are you green?<br />
Green Collar Jobs…<br />Are more like Blue Collar Jobs<br />Energy Efficiency <br />Solar installations<br />Blade Technicians<br />
Decline of Manufacturing Jobs<br />Manufacturing Employment (millions of jobs)<br /> Between 1998 and 2007, <br /> Manufacturing jobs declined<br /> by nearly 21% - an average of <br /> 2.6% per year. <br /> >2M jobs lost<br />Sources: Congressional Budget Office; Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.<br />Note: The vertical bars indicate periods of recession as defined by the National Bureau of Economic Research.<br />
Job-Years<br />Executive Office of the President<br />Council of Economic Advisers:<br />$100 billion of government spending creates 1,085,355 job-years.<br />$100 billion of tax cuts creates 687,991 job-years.<br />$100 billion of state fiscal relief creates 857,610 job-years.<br />Government Spending: $92,136 per job-year<br />Tax Cuts: $145,351 per job-year<br />State Fiscal Relief: $116,603 per job-year<br />Pick a number! Average of three types of job-years created is 118,030.<br />Let’s go with $120K per job year… easier math.<br />
So then…<br />Colorado has received $1,448,726,912 <br /> in ARRA funds so far… <br />http://projects.propublica.org/recovery/locale/colorado<br />Equates to 12,073 job-years created.How do you define “long-term” jobs? 10 Years? = 1,207 jobs<br />20 Years? = 604 jobs<br />On a national level, $85B in ARRA funding goes to Energy & Transportation.<br />How does that break down?<br />
ARRA Stimulus Spending<br />85B ARRA Energy & Transportation<br />21B Extending tax incentives for wind, solar, other Renewables<br />30B Direct spending on clean energy programs<br />11B Modernize grid<br />6B Energy Efficiency<br />5B Weatherization of low-income homes<br />2B Advanced battery technology<br />500M Job training<br />300M Fuel-efficient vehicles<br />
To Answer the Question<br />“Green Jobs have to pay decent wages and benefits that can support a family. <br />We don’t know yet because the jobs have not been fully defined. Most likely will satisfy this objective. Short term. Band-aid for manufacturing.<br />Hard to say until skills defined and market conditions create competition for skills.<br />It has to be part of a real career path, with upward mobility. <br />Will be similar to manufacturing. <br />Potential limitations based on duration of positions.<br />Likely to be heavily unionized.<br />And it needs to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment.” <br />Okay. Sure. The second “Green” fad? Altruistic endeavors end at what price point? If cost of power doubles, then what? $4.00 gallon of gas and American’s forget about environment issues in Alaska.<br />Are the green collar jobs sustainable long-term or are they a temporary fix?<br />
In My Opinion<br />Green Collar Jobs are a temporary fix aimed at available manufacturing and veteran labor pools. <br />Will help economy in near term but likely to suffer same fate as manufacturing in 7-10 years.<br />Majority of positions will have similar salary scales as manufacturing “blue collar” jobs.<br />Some long-term high-end jobs will emerge. <br />
Resources<br />ProPublica – Tracks spending Nationally, by State, and even county level.<br />http://projects.propublica.org/recovery/<br />US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable News<br />http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm<br />US DOE Colorado <br />http://www.energy.gov/colorado.htm<br />ARRA Jobs<br />http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/a9recoveryjobs.aspx<br />The Clean Energy Economy – The PEW Charitable Trusts Report<br />Industry Guidebook: Renewable Energy – Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.<br />The Job Impact of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan – Christina Romer & Jared Bernstein – January 2009<br />Executive Office of the President , Council of Economic Advisers<br />Estimated of Job Creation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – May 2009<br />Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow – July 2009<br />