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What Is The Most Difficult Issue Facing The Solar Industry?
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It's been a year of both continued expansion and mounting challenges for the global solar industry. RenewableEnergyWorld asked solar industry executives to share their thoughts and insights on one burning question: What has proven to be the most difficult issue facing the solar industry during the past year and what are some key strategies to ensure long-term growth? Read the responses here .more
Skills Gap A Major Hurdle In Energy Industry Hiring
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Oil and gas industry employers in the UK are facing significant skills shortages according to the Oil & Gas Global Salary Guide, and over 65 percent (68.1%) of employers plan to increase headcount in 2014, exacerbating the already skill-short market, adding pressure to increase salaries to attract candidates, which is based on data from 24,000 respondents. 83 percent of employers predict an upturn in salaries in the coming year as hiring managers vie for top talent, at the same time as further emphasis is put on benefits. The number of employees receiving benefits grew by over seven percent over the ... more
Updating Energy Storage For The New Wave Of Technology
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Energy storage players are eyeing emerging opportunities in bioelectronics as wearable, implantable and other medical devices create energy demands and design requirements beyond conventional batteries, according to Lux Research. Existing battery solutions barely satisfy the demands for increased functionality and power in existing medical devices and may have slowed the shift toward personalized health care in many areas of medicine. "Developers of energy storage must understand the required application-specific optimization of batteries, based on performance and safety, and desired form factors," said Milos Todorovic, Lux Research Analyst and lead author of the report titled, "Powerful Medicine: Opportunities for Pairing New ... more
U.S. Solar Energy Jobs Up 13 Percent from 2011
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Renewable energy projects are increasingly creating more jobs around the globe. Specifically in the United States, the number of jobs created by solar energy grew by 13.2 percent this year compared to last, according to the Cronkite News Service. The increase in solar energy jobs represents a growth rate nearly six times faster than the national average employment growth rate. According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2012, there are near 120,000 people in the United States with jobs related to the solar energy industry. In 2011, there were just more than 105,000 workers in the industry. The rise in ... more
Energy Hiring Up, But Talent Still At A Premium
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A recent Hard Hat Hub study of construction and engineering professionals in the power (transmission and distribution) industry found that companies will ramp up hiring in 2014, but many are having trouble finding talent and filling open positions. Nearly 70% of the companies reported experiencing growth in the parts of their businesses that relate to the transmission and distribution of power. The remaining 30% said that their firms, while not hiring today, “may be” before year’s end. Ninety percent of respondents reported that 2014 will be a stronger year for hiring than in previous years. And not a single person ... more
Inspiring Energy's Next Generation
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To help promote the next generation of professionals in the energy industry, IOGP is launching the Outstanding Young Professional Award in association with the biennial SPE HSSE-SR International Conference. The award will recognize the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience, who can demonstrate professional accomplishments and evidence of outstanding talent, dedication and leadership in at least one aspect of health, safety, security, the environment and/or social responsibility. IOGP is looking to senior members of the oil and gas industry to nominate young professionals who meet the award criteria. READ MORE AT PENN ENERGYmore
Optimism Abundant Across Natural Gas Industry
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Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions in the U.S. Natural Gas Industry Report shows optimism across the industry for future growth is as plentiful as domestic shale gas reserves. The report is based on a comprehensive survey of natural gas industry leaders and includes analysis from Black & Veatch industry experts. When asked about their view of the industry’s future growth, 92 percent of respondents stated they were either “optimistic” or “very optimistic”. “We are witnessing a rapid change in the industry,” said Greg Hopper, Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s Natural Gas and Power Generation Fuels Advisory Services. “In just ... more
Energy Hiring Outlook Is Promising For Veterans
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Southern Company recognized the first graduates of the transmission line and substation construction apprentice training program the company helped establish at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Ga. This program is one example of outreach by the energy industry to veterans of the military. Careers related to energy are among the best jobs for veterans . As a longtime supporter of the military, Southern Company is proud to enhance our recruitment efforts through this innovative partnership with the U.S. Army," said Southern Company Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "By bringing this specialized training to Fort Stewart, we are helping veterans successfully ... more
Oil Necessary To Power Wind Turbines
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Wind turbines are the most visible symbols of the quest for renewable electricity generation. And yet, although they exploit the wind, which is as free and as green as energy can be, the machines themselves are pure embodiments of fossil fuels. Large trucks bring steel and other raw materials to the site, earth-moving equipment beats a path to otherwise inaccessible high ground, large cranes erect the structures, and all these machines burn diesel fuel. So do the freight trains and cargo ships that convey the materials needed for the production of cement, steel, and plastics. For a 5-megawatt turbine, the ... more
BLM Expands Best Management Practices for Oil and Gas Activity
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The US Bureau of Land Management announced expanded best management practices (BMP) for oil and gas producers operating on onshore federal lands. The additional BMP aim to increase wildlife protection during exploration and production of onshore federal leases, the US Department of the Interior agency said late last month. The policies also cover geothermal resources, it added. It said industry leaders and the agency have actively cooperated in recent years to significantly decrease the number of wildlife deaths associated with fluid mineral operations. The new BMP build on this cooperation by establishing a consistent policy approach and set of practices, ... more