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Congressional Notifications

January 19, 2010

Dear Congressional Staff:

Today, Secretary Solis will announce the Energy Training Partnership grant awards authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Energy Training Partnership grants total $100 million of the $500 million in Green Jobs training grant funding made available by the Recovery Act.

Below is a list of the Energy Training Partnership grant awards being announced in your state and attached are one-page fact sheets about the grants. Background information about the purpose of Energy Training Partnership grants is also pasted below.

There are two additional Green Jobs grant competitions that have closed (Pathways out of Poverty grants and State Energy Sector Partnership grants.) Announcements on these grants are expected in the near future.

Please contact the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs know if you have any questions about this information. Laura MacDonald (macdonald.laura@dol.gov), Adri Jayaratne (Jayaratne.adri@dol.gov), and Aaron Ver (ver.aaron@dol.gov) are available to answer any questions you may have about the grants and can be reached at 202-693-4600.

Background on Recovery Act Energy Training Partnership Grants:
The Energy Training Partnership grant program will provide training for workers that prepare them to enter efficiency and renewable energy industries, as well as green occupations in other industries. These grants invest in partnerships made up of diverse set of stakeholders including labor organizations, public or private employers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and the workforce system. Bringing together the workforce expertise of these groups will allow grantees to develop programs that are responsive to the needs of both workers and employers and that provide participants with the support needed to successfully complete training. The grantees will utilize these partnerships to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including registered apprenticeships. The Department of Labor awarded grants to workforce development projects the focused on connecting target populations to career pathways in green industries. The Department also was interested in projects that contributed to our understanding of green industries and jobs that clean and enhance our environment.

These investments are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide training and placement services in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries for workers impacted by national energy and environmental policy, individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and unemployed workers.
  • All Training and placement activities funded through this grant program will be conduct at the local level.
  • A portion of the total funds — approximately $25 million — are reserved for projects that will serve communities impacted by automotive industry-related restructuring.

Twenty-five awards ranging from approximately $1.4 million to $5 million each were made to private nonprofit organizations that applied under one of two categories: (1) National labor-management organizations with local networks, or (2) Statewide local nonprofit partnerships.