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Congressional Notifications

January 19, 2009

Dear Congressional Staff:

Tomorrow, Secretary Solis will announce the State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grant awards authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grants total $190 million of the $500 million in Green Jobs training grant funding made available by the Recovery Act.

Below is information about the State Energy Sector grant being announced in your state and attached is a fact sheet about the grant. Background information about the purpose of these grants is also below.

Please contact the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs 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 the State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants:
The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants are designed to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. This set of green grants is the third awarded in as many weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor. Less than a month into 2010, the department's investment in this growing area of the job marketplace already has reached $440 million.

These grants are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Create an integrated system of education, training and supportive services that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low- skilled workers leading to employment in green industries.
  • Support states in implementing a statewide energy sector strategy including governors' overall workforce visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
  • Develop new partnerships with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning and implementation efforts.

Thirty-four awards ranging from approximately $2 million to $6 million each are being made to state workforce investment boards in partnership with their state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards or regional consortia of boards, and American Job Centers delivery systems. Through the grant awards announced today, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials.

The State Energy Training Partnership grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries.