A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- According to a Q1 infrastructure update from FERC, almost all new capacity added in 2016 consisted of renewable energy with 1,291 MW added. There was 18 MW of new gas capacity in 2016 and no new nuclear or coal capacity added. Of the 1,291 MW added, almost 93 percent consisted of wind and solar energy at 700 MW and 500 MW (respectively).
- The Department of Energy has added five military bases (including Joint Base San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas) to their Solar Ready Vets job program. This program helps to prepare service members for careers in the solar industry upon completion of active duty. Additionally, in another move to help meet the solar industry’s demand for a skilled workforce, the DOE has awarded $10 million through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals program. The DOE’s Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall says, “At DOE, we are committed to training the solar workforce of the future through our partnership with the Department of Defense, the solar industry, and community colleges around the country.”