Energy jobs training program launches in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center and PECO Energy launched an $100,000 energy jobs training program to support low income communities, The Philadelphia Tribune reported. 

"This Energy Jobs for All grant will serve as seed money over the next few years to support the development of an energy jobs training curriculum, which, in addition to natural gas jobs, will also create solar jobs training," said PEO Energy President Craig Adams, in a press conference. "This aims to ensure there is a diverse workforce for all the energy jobs as they become available."

The grant will be administered over the next two years. 

A recently released study showed that there were 70,000 energy workers in Pennsylvania in 2016, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The study was conducted by clean energy group E2 and the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance. 

Total state employment in the industry rose 6 percent from 2015 to 2016. Allegheny County had the most energy workers, at 8,100. 

The source also cited an increase in green building construction in the state. The rise was especially notable in Pittsburgh, which has seen the construction of 33.8 million square feet of LEED-certified space, according to data from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

The grant will be administered over the next two years.