Boosting his clean energy goals for the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that the state has $27.5 million available for workforce development and training programs to help expand the number of people working in that area.
Cuomo also released a report on the clean energy industry that said there are 151,000 New Yorkers working in clean energy now, with 5,600 jobs added last year.
“By investing in our clean energy workforce, we are supporting the industry’s growing demands while creating jobs throughout the state utilizing clean energy technologies that will reduce emissions and protect our environment,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Our nation-leading commitment to fighting climate change is also an economic driver that is creating good-paying jobs all across the state.”
Cuomo has set the goals of having half the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2030, and reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent in the same time.
The money is earmarked for energy efficiency training, on-the-job training, and internships in clean energy. Workforce trainers, schools, unions and businesses, can apply for the funding online.
Some key points of the report include that most clean energy jobs in New York are in energy-efficiency positions. Also, the fastest-growing area in the clean energy industry is the grid modernization and energy storage areas, which grew 12.6 percent in 2017.
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